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basiventral cartilages
(english) A pair of rounded or wedge-shaped cartilages on the ventrolateral surfaces of a vertebral centrum that form the bases for attachment of ribs in monospondylous precaudal vertebrae. In diplospondylous precaudal and caudal vertebrae the basiventrals form haemal arches along with the interventral cartilages for protecting the caudal artery and vein. (See also: monospondylous precaudal vertebrae, diplospondylous vertebrae, monospondylous-diplospondylous transition)

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