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A top view revealing a glimpse of the vertebral endplate. This thin layer of bone can be seen just below the bone marrow. Cortical bone is exposed on the outer portion of the remaining vertebra. The vertebral endplate separates the lumbar disc from the trabeculated bone on the upper and lower portion of the vertebral body. The endplate serves as a conduit for nutrients and oxygen into the lumbar disc. Note the outer edge of the lumbar disc located between the vertebra.
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