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cruciate ligament of the atlas


Definition: the strong ligament that lies posterior to the dens of the axis holding it against the anterior arch of the atlas; it consists primarily of the transverse ligament of the atlas that forms the cross-bar of the cross and is most important functionally, and the longitudinal bands of the cruciform ligament, thus forming the upright or vertical beams of the cross.

Synonym(s): ligamentum cruciforme atlantisTA, crucial ligament3, cruciform ligament of atlas, ligamentum cruciatum atlantis

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