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A typical thoracic vertebra, viewed from above. (Vertebral foramen is the large hole at the center.)
A cervical vertebra. (Vertebral foramen is the large hole at the center.)
|Anatomical terms of bone|
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.
- 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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