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Anulus Fibrosus (C6-C7)
Connective Tissue

Anulus Fibrosus (C6-C7)

Anulus fibrosus

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Anatomical Relations

The anulus fibrosus is the outer component of the intervertebral disc. However, the anulus fibrosis is thinner posteriorly. They insert into the epiphyseal rim on the outer perimeter of the vertebral bodies.

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The anulus fibrosus aids in the structural integrity of the vertebral column. The oblique arrangement of adjacent layers of fibers limits rotation and aids in the strength (Standring, 2016).


It is composed of an outer lamella of collagen fibers and inner lamellae of fibrocartilaginous tissue. The fibers of adjacent lamellae are arranged obliquely in opposite directions.


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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Annulus Fibrosus

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The disc is an avascular structure composed of an outer annulus fibrosus, an inner nucleus pulposus, and a cartilaginous end-plate interface superior and inferior to the vertebral body.

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