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anterior ligament of malleus


Definition: a ligament consisting of two portions: the Meckel band, passing from the base of the anterior process to the spine of the sphenoid through the petrotympanic fissure; and the anterior ligament of Helmholtz, extending from the anterior aspect of the neck of the malleus to the anterior boundary of the tympanic notch.

Synonym(s): ligamentum mallei anteriusTA

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