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Medical Term:

ligamentum nuchae


Definition: a sagittal ligamentous band at the back of the neck, formed of thickened supraspinous ligaments; it extends from the external occipital protuberance to the posterior border of the foramen magnum cranially and to the seventh cervical spinous process caudally.

Synonym(s): nuchal ligament, apparatus ligamentosus colli

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