suspensory ligament
noun Date: 1831 a ligament or fibrous membrane suspending an organ or part; especially a ringlike fibrous membrane connecting the ciliary body and the lens of the eye and holding the lens in place — see eye illustration

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  • Suspensory ligament — describes any ligament that supports a body part, especially an organ. Types include:* In humans ** Suspensory ligament of the penis ** Suspensory ligament of the ovary ** Suspensory ligament of the lens ** Suspensory ligament of the breast * In… …   Wikipedia

  • suspensory ligament — n a ligament or fibrous membrane suspending an organ or part: as a) a ringlike fibrous membrane connecting the ciliary body and the lens of the eye and holding the lens in place b) FALCIFORM LIGAMENT * * * a ligament that serves to support or… …   Medical dictionary

  • suspensory ligament — n. any of various ligaments supporting body organs; esp., a ligament supporting the lens of the eye …   English World dictionary

  • suspensory ligament — noun : a ligament or fibrous membrane suspending an organ or part: as a. : an annular fibrous membrane of the eye continuous with the hyaloid membrane and attached to the ciliary body by its outer border and to the capsule of the crystalline lens …   Useful english dictionary

  • suspensory ligament — UK [səˌspensərɪ ˈlɪɡəmənt] / US noun [countable] Word forms suspensory ligament : singular suspensory ligament plural suspensory ligaments medical a set of body fibres that supports an organ or another body part, especially the one that holds the …   English dictionary

  • suspensory ligament — a ligament that serves to support or suspend an organ in position. For example, the suspensory ligament of the lens is a fibrous structure attached to the ciliary processes (see ciliary body) by means of which the lens of the eye is held in… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • suspensory ligament — suspen′sory lig′ament n. anat. oph any ligament that suspends an organ of the body, esp. the transparent ligament supporting the lens of the eye • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • suspensory ligament — noun A ligament or similar tissue suspending a bodily organ …   Wiktionary

  • suspensory ligament — ligaments in the eyeball suspending the lens …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • suspensory ligament — Anat. any of several tissues that suspend certain organs or parts of the body, esp. the transparent, delicate web of fibrous tissue that supports the crystalline lens. See diag. under eye. [1825 35] * * * …   Universalium

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