crura of the diaphragm

cru·ra of the di·a·phragm

(krūr'ă dī'ă-fram)
The muscular origins of the diaphragm from the bodies of the upper lumbar vertebrae that pass the aorta upward to the central tendon.
Synonym(s): crura diaphragmatis [TA] .
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It is possible that spinal manipulative therapy of the thoracolumbar spine could help to alleviate entrapments of the greater and lesser splanchnic nerves as they pass through the muscular crura of the diaphragm and, in this way, promote normal gastrointestinal function.