lateral atlantooccipital ligament
Definition: thickened lateral aspect of the fibrous layer of the joint capsule of the atlantooccipital joint, medial to the rectus capitis lateralis (muscle); it appears to serve as a check ligament for lateral flexion to the contralateral side.
Synonym(s): ligamentum atlantooccipitale lateraleTA
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