deepest layer of meningeal coverings of the brain, just superficial to the brain cortex/spinal cord and just deep to the arachnoid. reflects into all the sulci of the brain and is well vascularized. paper thin, aids in nourishing, cushioning, and protecting the CNS. gets inflamed during meningitis infection, with resulting CNS impairment.
The pia mater is extremely hard to pick away from the gross brain/spinal cord ... haha, now you're sharing in my pain of getting through medschool!
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