Acromioclavicular ligament

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Acromioclavicular ligament
The left shoulder including the acromioclavicular joint and the proper ligaments of the scapula.
LatinLigamentum acromioclaviculare
Anatomical terminology

The acromioclavicular ligament is part of the acromioclavicular joint. It is divided into two parts: superior and inferior.

Superior acromioclavicular ligament[edit]

This ligament is a quadrilateral band, covering the superior part of the articulation, and extending between the upper part of the lateral end of the clavicle and the adjoining part of the upper surface of the acromion.

It is composed of parallel fibers, which interlace with the aponeuroses of the trapezius and deltoideus; below, it is in contact with the articular disk when this is present.

This ligament provides horizontal stability to the acromioclavicular joint

Inferior acromioclavicular ligament[edit]

This ligament is somewhat thinner than the preceding; it covers the under part of the articulation, and is attached to the adjoining surfaces of the two bones.

It is in relation, above, in rare cases with the articular disk; below, with the tendon of the supraspinatus.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 315 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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