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tension lines

 

Definition: lines that can be extrapolated by connecting linear openings made when a round pin is driven into the skin of a cadaver, resulting from the principal axis of orientation of the subcutaneous connective tissue (collagen) fibers of the dermis; they vary in direction with the region of the body surface.

Synonym(s): lineae distractioneTA, cleavage lines, Langer lines

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