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Medical Term:

cricopharyngeal ligament


Definition: an elastic band connecting the tip of the corniculate (Santorini) cartilage and the lamina of the cricoid cartilage and continuing into the pharyngeal mucosa covering the cricoid lamina.

Synonym(s): ligamentum cricopharyngeumTA, corniculopharyngeal ligament, cricosantorinian ligament, jugal ligament, ligamentum corniculopharyngeum, ligamentum jugale

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