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Human spine model. Model of a human vertebral column (spine) showing a number of its vertebrae (white discs). The spine is the central supporting structure of the human body. It is made up of a number of bones called vertebrae, separated by discs of cartilage (dark bands). The bones sticking out at right angles to the vertebrae are the ribs. These curl round to form the ribcage, the two sides of which join together at the sternum (breast bone, top centre).
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