O bserve the preserved section of spinal cord. Note the heavy covering of dura mater, which is firmly attached to the cord on each side by a set of ligaments (denticulate ligaments) originating in the pia mater. The intermediate layer of meninges, the arachnoid mater, is devoid of blood vessels, but in a live human being, the space beneath this layer contains cerebrospinal fluid. The pia mater, which is closely attached to the surface of the spinal cord, contains many blood vessels. What are the functions of these layers?_
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