Intervertebral disc, light micrograph

Intervertebral disc, light micrograph

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Caption: Light microscopy of part of a intervertebral disc located between two developing vertebral bodies. The margins of the disc are formed of fibrocartilage rings (blue-green) called the annulus fibrosus. The disc acts like a cushion between the stacked vertebral bodies and resists compression but allows movements of each vertebra. A slipped disc' is an abnormal protrusion (herniation) of the central portion through a damaged region or tear of the fibrocartilage. Magnification x70 when printed at 10 cm wide.

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Keywords: annulus fibrosus, biological, biology, bone, cartilage, chondrocyte, fibrocartilage, histological, histology, intervertebral disc, light micrograph, light microscopy, section, spinal column, spine, vertebra, vertebrae, vertebral column

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