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posterior layer of rectus sheath


Definition: the portion of the sheath of the rectus abdominis muscle that lies posterior to the muscle covering only its upper two thirds; it is formed by contributions from the aponeuroses of the internal oblique and transversus abdominis muscles; its free inferior margin forms the arcuate line; it is deficient below this, the posterior aspect of the muscle being covered only by transversalis fascia and peritoneum.

Synonym(s): lamina posterior vaginae musculi recti abdominisTA

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