Anterior atlantoaxial ligament

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Anterior atlantoaxial ligament
Median sagittal section through the occipital bone and first three cervical vertebrae
Anterior atlantooccipital membrane and atlantoaxial ligament.
Latin Ligamentum atlantoaxialis anterius
Anatomical terminology

The anterior atlantoaxial ligament is a strong membrane, fixed, above, to the lower border of the anterior arch of the atlas; below, to the front of the body of the axis.

It is strengthened in the middle line by a rounded cord, which connects the tubercle on the anterior arch of the atlas to the body of the axis, and is a continuation upward of the anterior longitudinal ligament.

The ligament is in relation, in front, with the longi capitis.

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

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