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**What is the name given to the ligamentum flavum based on appearance and histology?

it is a yellow elastic ligament


What fibers are most ligaments made up of?

collagen type I fibers which are whitish in appearance


What is the function of the ligamentum flavum?

it brakes or limits flexion of the vertebral column


What is now thought to be a major function of the ligamentum flavum?

it is an early prime factor in extension of the vertebral column


**Where is ossification of the ligamentum flavum most commonly identified?

the thoracic spine or thoracolumbar transition zone

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