vertebral column

Lamina

Lamina The structure indicated is the lamina of the vertebra. The typical vertebra consists of the following features: Vertebral body Vertebral arch (neural arch) consisting of lamina and pedicle Spinous process Transverse process Vertebral foramen (collectively form vertebral canal) Superior and inferior articular processes Superior and inferior vertebral notches The vertebral arch is formed from two pedicles and two laminae. The pedicles attach on either side to the posterolateral aspects of the vertebral body and unite posteriorly with the laminae which complete the vertebral arch. The laminae provide attachment for the ligamentum flavum, which connect adjacent laminae along the length …

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Spinous Process of Vertebra

Spinous Process of Vertebra The structure indicated is the spinous process of the vertebra. The typical vertebra consists of the following features: Vertebral body Vertebral arch (neural arch) consisting of lamina and pedicle Spinous process Transverse process Vertebral foramen (collectively form vertebral canal) Superior and inferior articular processes Superior and inferior vertebral notches The vertebral arch extends posteriorly from the vertebral body, comprised of two pedicles which extend from the posterolateral aspects of the vertebral body to join the two laminae on either side which complete the vertebral arch and enclose the vertebral foramen. Projecting posteriorly in the midline from …

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Pedicle

Pedicle The structure indicated is the pedicle of the vertebra. The typical vertebra consists of the following features: Vertebral body Vertebral arch (neural arch) consisting of lamina and pedicle Spinous process Transverse process Vertebral foramen (collectively form vertebral canal) Superior and inferior articular processes Superior and inferior vertebral notches The vertebral arch is formed from two pedicles and two laminae. The pedicles attach on either side to the posterolateral aspects of the vertebral body and unite posteriorly with the laminae which complete the vertebral arch. Learn more about the anatomy of the vertebrae in this tutorial.
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Superior Articular Process

Superior Articular Process The structure indicated is the superior articular process. There are 33 vertebrae which make up the spinal column: 7 cervical 12 thoracic 5 lumbar 5 fused sacral vertebrae 3-4 fused coccygeal vertebrae The typical vertebra consists of the following features: Vertebral body Vertebral arch (neural arch) consisting of lamina and pedicle Spinous process Transverse process Vertebral foramen (collectively form vertebral canal) Superior and inferior articular processes Superior and inferior vertebral notches The superior articular process articulates with the inferior articular process of the vertebrae above. These articulations are known as zyapophysial joints. The articular processes arise from …

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Anulus Fibrosus

Anulus Fibrosus The structure indicated is the anulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc. Intervertebral discs are found between adjacent vertebral bodies in the spinal column. Intervertebral discs are one of two major joint types found in the vertebrae, the other type being synovial joints between the articular processes. The symphyses between the vertebral bodies consists of hyaline cartilage which lines the vertebral body, and an intervertebral disc which is sandwiched between the two adjacent intervertebral bodies to form this fibrocartilaginous joint. The intervertebral disc consist of Anulus fibrosus (outer component) Nucleus pulposus (inner component) The anulus fibrosus forms the outer …

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Anulus Fibrosus