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lordosis
an inward (forward) curvature of the vertebral column
thoracic
of or relating to the chest or thorax
ligamenta flava (pl. flavum)
tissue bands that are attached to the vertebrae in the spinal column. They help to hold the spine straight and to close the spaces between the laminar arches. The Latin name means "yellow band(s)." tissue
cervical
connected with the neck
sacrum
five confused bone forming the posterior part of the pelvis
nucleus pulposus
the fibrocartilaginous central portion of the intervertebral disk, which is prone to herniation when the annulus fibrosus is compromised
vertebral arch
the part of intervertebral disk consisting of a pair of pedicles and a pair of laminae
pedicel = pedicle
a constricted portion or stalk of the intervertebral disk
kyphosis
a backward curve of the vertebral column
anulus fibrosus
the ring of fibrocartilage and fibrous tissue forming the circumference of the intervertebral disc; surrounds the nucleus pulposus
thorax
the part of the body that is enclosed by the ribs
foraman
an opening or orifice, as in a bone or in the covering
articular
of or relating to a joint
lumbar
relating to the lower part of the back
sternum
the middle of the chest (connects the ribs); breastbone
lamina (pl. laminae)
a flat, thin plate of the intervertebral disk
lumbosacral junction
the connection in the back between the lumbar and sacrum
cervicothoracic junction
the connection in the back between the neck and the chest
spine
a row of bones that are connected down the back of the body
sacral
relating to sacrum
spinous
resembling a spine or thorn
facet
the joint in the spine
craniocervical junction
the connection in the back between brain and the neck
transverse
situated across sth
vertebrate
any animal with a backbone
thoracolumbar junction
the connection in the back between the chest and lumbar
coccyx
the end of the vertebral column in humans and tailless apes
longitudinal ligament
Either of two extensive fibrous bands, anterior and posterior, that connect the bodies of the vertebrae by attachment to the intervertebral disks

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