Unformatted text preview: the trunk and the upper and lower limbs. • The meningeal branch reenters the vertebral column and serves the meninges and blood vessels within. • The rami communicantes contain autonomic nerves that serve visceral functions. • Some ventral rami merge with adjacent ventral rami to form a plexus, a network of interconnecting nerves. Nerves emerging from a plexus contain fibers from various spinal nerves, which are then carried together to some target location. An area of the skin that receives sensory stimuli that pass through a single spinal nerve is called a dermatome. Dermatomes are illustrated on a human figure with lines that mark the boundaries of the area where each spinal nerve receives stimuli....
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- Spring '10
- Occipital bone, dermatome. Dermatomes