Dorsal carpometacarpal ligaments

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Dorsal carpometacarpal ligaments
Ligaments of wrist. Posterior view.
Latin ligamenta carpometacarpalia dorsalia
From carpus
To metacarpus
Gray's p.330
TA A03.5.11.302
FMA 71402
Anatomical terminology

The dorsal carpometacarpal ligaments, the strongest and most distinct carpometacarpal ligaments, connect the carpal and metacarpal bones on their dorsal surfaces.

  • The second metacarpal bone receives two fasciculi|, one from the greater, the other from the lesser multangular.
  • The third metacarpal receives two, one each from the lesser multangular and capitate.
  • The fourth two, one each from the capitate and hamate.
  • The fifth receives a single fasciculus from the hamate, and this is continuous with a similar ligament on the volar surface, forming an incomplete capsule.


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

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