Cruciate ligament of atlas

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Ligament: Cruciate ligament of atlas
Membrana tectoria, transverse, and alar ligaments. ("Transverse ligament" and "vertical portion" visible intersecting at center.)
Latin ligamentum cruciforme atlantis
Gray's p.293
Dorlands/Elsevier l_09/12492136

The cruciform ligament of atlas (cruciate may substitute for cruciform) is a cruciate ligament in the neck forming part of the atlanto-axial joint. The ligament is named as such because it is in the shape of a cross.

It consists of the transverse ligament of the atlas, along with additional fibers above and below.[1] These fibers are also known as "longitudinal bands".[2]


  1. ^ Anatomy of Spinal Vertebrae Tutorial
  2. ^ Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology (1998). Terminologia anatomica: international anatomical terminology. Thieme. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-3-13-114361-7. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 

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