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Medical Term:

ligament of head of femur


a flattened ligament that passes from the fovea in the head of the femur to the borders of the acetabular notch (transverse acetabular ligament); developmentally, an artery passes to the head of the femur with the ligament, which may or may not persist into adulthood; the ligament does not contribute to the integrity of the joint nor control movements there.

Synonym(s): ligamentum capitis femorisTA, ligamentum teres femoris, round ligament of femur

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