Spinal canal

Spinal canal
Scheme body cavities-en.svg
Spinal cavity shown as part of dorsal body cavity.
A typical thoracic vertebra viewed from above. (Spinal canal is not labeled, but the foramen in the center would make up part of it.
Latinc. vertebralis
Anatomical terminology

The spinal canal (or vertebral canal or spinal cavity) is the canal that contains the spinal cord within the vertebral column.[1] The spinal canal is formed by the vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes. It is a process of the dorsal body cavity. This canal is enclosed within the foramen of the vertebrae. In the intervertebral spaces, the canal is protected by the ligamentum flavum posteriorly and the posterior longitudinal ligament anteriorly.

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