Hyoepiglottic ligament

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Hyoepiglottic ligament
Details
Latin Ligamentum hyoepiglotticum
From
anterior surface of the epiglottis
To
upper border of the body of the hyoid bone
Identifiers
Gray's p.1077
Dorlands
/Elsevier
l_09/12492331
Anatomical terminology

The hyoepiglottic ligament is an elastic band connecting the anterior surface of the epiglottis to the upper border of the body of the hyoid bone. It is clinically important in performing direct laryngoscopy with a Macintosh laryngoscope blade; the blade tip is placed in the vallecula and moved anteriorly, which causes the hyoepiglottic ligament to pull the epiglottis anteriorly as well and thus expose the glottis.

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