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posterior longitudinal ligament


Definition: the fibrous band interconnecting the posterior surfaces of the vertebral bodies; it narrows to pass between the pedicles and spreads out to blend with the outer lamellae of the posterior aspect of the anulus fibrosus of the intervertebral discs; forms the anterior wall of the vertebral canal.

Synonym(s): ligamentum longitudinale posteriusTA

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