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3D - Vertebral ligaments - all vertebral levels

Interspinous ligaments

Interspinous ligaments

Pronunciation

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Parts
None
Group
Vertebral ligaments
Description
Thin, somewhat transparent ligamentous sheets that connect successive spinous processes from their roots to their apices. Their ventral surface meets the ligamentum flavum and their dorsal margin blends into the supraspinous ligament. They are small and inconspicuous in the cervical region, often being considered part of the nuchal ligament. In the thorax they long and slender and in the lumbar region they are thick and broad.
Function
Limit flexion of the vertebral column.

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