Taenia coli

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Taenia coli
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Iliac colon, sigmoid or pelvic colon, and rectum seen from the front, after removal of pubic bones and bladder. (Taenia coli not labeled, but visible at center.)
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Female pelvis and its contents, seen from above and in front. (Taenia coli not labeled, but visible at right.)
Latin taeniae coli
Gray's subject #249 1186
Dorlands/Elsevier t_01/12789456

The taeniae coli are three separate longitudinal ribbons of smooth muscle on the outside of the ascending, transverse, descending and sigmoid colons. They are visible, and can be seen just below the serosa.

The bands converge at the vermiform appendix.

These bands correspond to the outer layer of the muscularis externa, in other portions of the digestive tract.

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