Vertebral foramen

In a typical vertebra, the vertebral foramen is the foramen (opening) formed by the anterior segment (the body), and the posterior part, the vertebral arch.

The vertebral foramen begins at cervical vertebra #1 (C1 or atlas) and continues inferior to lumbar vertebra #5 (L5).

The vertebral foramen houses the spinal cord and its meninges. This large tunnel running up and down inside all of the vertebrae contains the spinal cord and is typically called the spinal canal, not the vertebral foramen.

Vertebral foramen
Foramenvertebrale
A typical thoracic vertebra, viewed from above. (Vertebral foramen is the large hole at the center.)
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A cervical vertebra. (Vertebral foramen is the large hole at the center.)
Details
Identifiers
Latinforamen vertebrale
TAA02.2.01.011
FMA13479
Anatomical terms of bone

See also

References

External links

  • Anatomy figure: 02:01-06 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Superior and lateral views of typical vertebrae"
  • Atlas image: back_bone16 at the University of Michigan Health System - "Typical Lumbar Vertebra, Superior View; Lumbar Vertebral Column, Oblique Lateral View"

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