Broad ligament of the uterus

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Broad ligament of the uterus
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Uterus and right broad ligament, seen from behind. (Broad ligament visible at center.)
Details
Latin ligamentum latum uteri
Identifiers
Gray's p.1259
Dorlands
/Elsevier
l_09/12492509
TA A10.1.02.505F
FMA FMA:16516
Anatomical terminology

The broad ligament of the uterus is the wide fold of peritoneum that connects the sides of the uterus to the walls and floor of the pelvis.

Subdivisions[edit]

The broad ligament may be divided into three subcomponents:[1]

Contents[edit]

The contents of the broad ligament include the following:[2]

Structure[edit]

The peritoneum surrounds the uterus like a flat sheet that folds over its fundus, covering it anteriorly and posteriorly; on the sides of the uterus, this sheet of peritoneum comes in direct contact with itself, forming the double layer of peritoneum known as the broad ligament of the uterus.

The part where this peritoneal sheet is folded (i.e. the free edge) has the uterine tubes running between the two layers; this part is known as the mesosalpinx.

Function[edit]

The broad ligament serves as a mesentery for the uterus, ovaries, and the uterine tubes. It helps in maintaining the uterus in its position,but it is not a major contributing factor.

Additional images[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swiss embryology (from UL, UB, and UF) ugenital/diffmorpho05
  2. ^ pelvis at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (uterus, broadligament)
  3. ^ Kyung Won, PhD. Chung (2005). Gross Anatomy (Board Review). Hagerstown, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 273. ISBN 0-7817-5309-0. 
  4. ^ "Chapter 35: Female genitalia". Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  5. ^ Anatomy photo:43:03-0300 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center

External links[edit]

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.