Meninges of the Brain | An illustrated review

Author: Scott A. Sheffield MS

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The meninges are three layers of protective tissue around the brain and spinal cord.

  1. image descriptionDura mater: Dura mater is the outermost and most durable membrane of the meninges. It’s tough, fibrous, and protective, encasing the brain and its delicate tissues from trauma.
Cross-section of the meninges showing Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
Cross-section of the meninges showing the Dura mater in addition to Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
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  1. image descriptionArachnoid membrane: Arachnoid mater is the middle layer of the three meninges, located between the dura mater and pia mater.
Cross-section of the meninges showing Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
Cross-section of the meninges showing the Arachnoid membrane in addition to Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
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  1. image descriptionSubarachnoid space:

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Cross-section of the meninges showing Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
Cross-section of the meninges showing the Subarachnoid space in addition to Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
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  1. image descriptionPia mater: The pia mater is a thin and delicate membrane, the innermost of three connective tissue membranes that compose the meninges.
Cross-section of the meninges showing Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
Cross-section of the meninges showing the Pia mater in addition to Skin, Bone, Cerebral cortex, Cerebral medulla layers
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Cross-section of meninges showing meninges numbered without answers in addition to skin, bone, Cerebral cortex and Cerebral medulla
Cross-section of meninges showing Dura and Pia mater, Arachnoid membrane and Subarachnoid space in addition to skin, bone, Cerebral cortex and Cerebral medulla
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