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Supraspinous ligaments

Other Terms: Supraspinal ligament, Ligamentum supraspinale, Ligament supraépineux

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Group

Vertebral ligaments

Description

This is a long, thick ligamentous cord that spans from the seventh cervical vertebra to the sacrum. The ligamentous fibers vary from superficial to deep in the band. The deepest fiber of the ligament adjoin the interspinous ligament and connect successive vertebrae, while increasingly more superficial fibers span from two to four vertebral levels.

Function

Limits flexion of the vertebral column.

Latin

Ligamentum supraspinale

French

Ligament supraépineux

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