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Encyclopedia > Linea alba

The linea alba is a fibrous structure that runs down the midline of the abdomen in humans and other animals. The name means white line and the linea alba is indeed white, being composed mostly of shiny white collegen connective tissue. The human abdomen (from the Latin word meaning belly) is the part of the body between the pelvis and the thorax. ...


It is formed by the fusion of the aponeuroses of the abdominal muscles, and it separates the left and right rectus abdominis muscles. In muscular individuals its presence can be seen on the skin, forming the depression between the left and right halves of a "six pack." Aponeurosis is the singular of Aponeuroses Grays Anatomy states that Aponeuroses are flattened or ribbon-shaped tendons, of a pearly white color, iridescent, glistening, and similar in structure to the tendons. ... The rectus abdominis muscle is a muscle running vertically on the human abdomen. ...


Because it consists of only connective tissue, and doesn't contain important nerves or blood vessels, a median incision through the linea alba is a common surgical approach. Connective tissue is any type of biological tissue with an extensive extracellular matrix. ... A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of nerve fibers or axons, which includes the glia that ensheath the axons in myelin. ... The arterial system The blood vessels are part of the circulatory system and function to transport blood throughout the body. ... A typical modern surgery operation For other meanings of the word, see Surgery (disambiguation) Surgery (from the Greek cheirourgia - lit. ...


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