- Supraspinous ligament
Name = Supraspinous ligament
Latin = ligamentum supraspinale
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Caption = Median sagittal section of two lumbar vertebræ and their ligaments.
Caption2 = Posterior view of muscles connecting the upper extremity to the vertebral column. Nuchal ligament labeled in red at center.
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The supraspinal ligament (supraspinous ligament) is a strong fibrous cord, which connects together the apices of the
spinous processesfrom the seventh cervical vertebrato the sacrum; at the points of attachment to the tips of the spinous processes fibrocartilageis developed in the ligament.
It is thicker and broader in the lumbar than in the thoracic region, and intimately blended, in both situations, with the neighboring
The most superficial fibers of this ligament extend over three or four vertebræ; those more deeply seated pass between two or three vertebræ while the deepest connect the spinous processes of neighboring vertebræ.
Between the spinous processes it is continuous with the
It is continued upward to the
external occipital protuberanceand median nuchal line, as the ligamentum nuchæ.
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