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Sphenomandibular ligament

Other Terms: Sphenomandibular ligament of temporomandibular joint, Ligamentum sphenomandibulare, Ligament sphénomandibulaire

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Group

Cranial ligaments

Description

A flat, thin band of collagenous tissue that widens as it descends. It attaches to the spine of the sphenoid bone and the lingula of the mandible, where it covers the mandibular foramen medially.

Function

It helps limit depression of the mandible and prevent dislocation when opening the mouth.

Latin

Ligamentum sphenomandibulare

French

Ligament sphénomandibulaire

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