Superficial transverse metacarpal ligament

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Superficial transverse metacarpal ligament
Metacarpophalangeal articulation and articulations of digit. Volar aspect.
From head of metacarpal
To head of adjacent metacarpal
Latin Ligamentum metacarpeum transversum superficiale
TA A04.6.03.011
FMA 42458
Anatomical terminology

The superficial transverse metacarpal ligament is a ligament of the Intermetacarpal articulations which runs above or in front of the deep transverse metacarpal ligament. It is a thin band of transverse fasciculi; it stretches across the roots of the four fingers, and is closely attached to the skin of the clefts, and medially to the fifth metacarpal bone, forming a sort of rudimentary web. Beneath it the digital vessels and nerves pass to their destinations.

It is also known as the "natatory ligament".[1]


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

  1. ^ Natatory_ligament at the Duke University Health System's Orthopedics program

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