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Lateral atlanto-occipital ligament

Other Terms: Lateral atlanto-occipital membrane, Ligamentum atlantooccipitale laterale, Ligament atlantooccipital latéral

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Group

Vertebral ligaments

Description

This ligament is a thin, narrow ligament that connects the lateral margin of the foramen magnum to the superolateral border of the posterior arch of the atlas and its lateral mass.

Function

Stabilizes the atlanto-occipital junction and limits lateral flexion of the head on the atlas.

Latin

Ligamentum atlantooccipitale laterale

French

Ligament atlantooccipital latéral

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