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central canal of spinal cord


Definition: the ependyma-lined lumen (cavity) of the neural tube, the cerebral part of which remains patent to form the ventricles of the brain, whereas the spinal part in the adult often is reduced to a solid strand of modified ependyma.

Synonym(s): canalis centralis medullae spinalisTA, central canalTA

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