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Depicted are multiple view of ligaments of the spine.
Pictured are three figures of ligaments of the spine…
- Top left is a right lateral view of a sagittal plane cross-section. We see the :
- Anterior longitudinal ligament
- Posterior longitudinal ligament
- Ligamentum flavum
- Interspinous ligament
- Supraspinous ligament
- Top right is an anterior-to-posterior view with the bodies of the vertebrae removed.
- We see the ligamentum flava along the posterior aspect of the spinal canal.
- Bottom is a posterior view in which we see the intertransverse ligaments.
- The anterior and posterior longitudinal ligaments are named for their location relative to the bodies of the vertebrae.
- The word “flavum” comes from the Latin word for “yellow” because this ligament has a great number of elastin fibers, which impart a yellow color to it.
- The ligamentum flava attach along the laminae of the vertebrae.
- Note the proximity of the ligamentum flava to where the spinal cord (not seen) is located in the spinal canal.
- “Ligamentum flavum” is singular; “ligamentum flava” is plural.