Cruciate ligament of atlas

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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
TA A03.2.04.004
FMA 25018
Anatomical terminology

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]


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

  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.