Skip to Content
Medical Term:

sphenomandibular ligament

 

Definition: the fibrous band that passes from the spine of the sphenoid bone to the lingula of the mandible; it is a primary passive support of the mandible serving as a “swinging axis,” permitting depression and elevation around a transverse axis passing through the two lingulae, while at the same time permitting protraction and retraction.

Synonym(s): ligamentum sphenomandibulareTA

© Copyright 2016 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.
Hide