|Ligament: Cruciate ligament of atlas
Membrana tectoria, transverse, and alar ligaments. ("Transverse ligament" and "vertical portion" visible intersecting at center.)
||ligamentum cruciforme atlantis
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. These fibers are also known as "longitudinal bands".
This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.