Oblique popliteal ligament

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Oblique popliteal ligament
Right knee-joint. Posterior view. (Oblique popliteal ligament visible at center.)
From lateral epicondyle of the femur, lateral condyle of femur
To medial condyle of tibia
Latin ligamentum popliteum obliquum
TA A03.6.08.013
FMA 44582
Anatomical terminology

The oblique popliteal ligament (posterior ligament) is a broad, flat, fibrous band, formed of fasciculi separated from one another by apertures for the passage of vessels and nerves.

It is attached above to the upper margin of the intercondyloid fossa and posterior surface of the femur close to the articular margins of the condyles, and below to the posterior margin of the head of the tibia.

Superficial to the main part of the ligament is a strong fasciculus, derived from the tendon of the Semimembranosus and passing from the back part of the medial condyle of the tibia obliquely upward and lateralward to the back part of the lateral condyle of the femur.

The oblique popliteal ligament forms part of the floor of the popliteal fossa, and the popliteal artery rests upon it.

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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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