Denticulate ligaments

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Denticulate ligaments
The medulla spinalis and its membranes. (Ligamentum denticulatum labeled vertically at bottom left.)
Diagrammatic transverse section of the medulla spinalis and its membranes. (Denticulate ligament not labeled, but region is visible.)
Latin ligamentum denticulatum
Gray's subject #185 750
Dorlands/Elsevier l_09/12492205

The pia mater has 21 pairs of denticulate ligaments which attach it to the arachnoid and dura maters. Named for their tooth like appearance, the denticulate ligaments are traditionally believed to provide stability for the spinal cord against motion within the vertebral column.

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  • Tubbs R, Salter G, Grabb P, Oakes W (2001). "The denticulate ligament: anatomy and functional significance". J Neurosurg. 94 (2 Suppl): 271–5. PMID 11302630.
  • Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Moore, Keith and Arthur F. Dalley. Philadelphia, Lipincott, Williams and Williams 2006.

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