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Medical Term:

ligamenta flava

Definition

paired ligaments of yellow elastic fibrous tissue, which bind together the laminae of adjoining vertebrae, forming the posterior wall of the vertebral canal between the vertebra or laminae; penetration of the ligamentum flavum with a trocar during epidural or spinal puncture produces a distinct feel (“pop”), letting the practitioner know that the tip of the trocar has entered the epidural space.

Synonym(s): yellow ligament

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