Intertransverse ligament

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Intertransverse ligament
A cervical vertebra (transverse processes labeled at upper right)
Vertebral arches of three thoracic vertebrae viewed from the front
From Transverse processes
To Transverse processes
Latin Ligamenta intertransversaria
TA A03.2.01.004
FMA 71393
Anatomical terminology

The intertransverse ligaments are ligaments that are placed between the transverse processes of the spine.

In the cervical region they consist of a few irregular, scattered fibers that are often replaced by muscles. In the thoracic region they are rounded cords intimately connected with the deep muscles of the back. In the lumbar region they are thin and membranous.[1][2]

The intertransverse ligaments often blend with the intertransverse muscles.[2]

The function of the intertransverse ligaments is to limit lateral flexion of the spine.[2]


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

  1. ^ "Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Intertransverse ligaments". AnatomyExpert. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 

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