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Pecten or pectineal line

Other Terms: Iliopectineal line, Pectineal line, Pectineal line of pubis, Pecten ossis pubis, Pecten du pubis, Ligne pectinée

Description

The pectineal line is the sharp ridge-like line on the superior border of the superior ramus. It projects laterally from the pubic tubercle to the iliopubic eminence. This line defines the anterior rim of the pelvic inlet, separating the true and false pelves. It provides attachment for the lacunar ligament, conjoint tendon, pectineal ligament, pectineus muscle, and psoas minor muscle.

Etymology

Pecten is the Latin term meaning comb. Anciently, anatomists used the term to describe the pubic bone. The pubis may have initially been called the pecten because the two rami of the bone resemble the prongs of a comb.

Latin

Pecten ossis pubis

French

Pecten du pubis

French

Ligne pectinée

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