vertebral arch


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vertebral arch

[′vərd·ə·brəl ′ärch]
(anatomy)
An arch formed by the paired pedicles and laminas of a vertebra; the posterior part of a vertebra which together with the anterior part, the body, encloses the vertebral foramen in which the spinal cord is lodged in vertebrates. Also known as neural arch.
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The grafted bone was fused from the occipital bone through the C1 vertebra to the spinous process and the vertebral arch of the C2 vertebra (b).
Together, the pedicles and laminae create the opening between the body of the vertebrae and the vertebral arch.
Lamina--part of the vertebra at the upper portion of the vertebral arch that forms the roof of the canal through which the spinal cord and nerve roots pass.