transverse ligament of the atlas
Definition: thick, strong, centrally flattened band spanning the vertebral foramen of the atlas as it extends from the medial aspect of one lateral mass to the other, passing dorsal to the dens with which it articulates; it forms the dorsal portion of the opening for the dens, tightly embracing its neck. It forms a part of the “cross-bar” of the cruciform ligament of the atlas.
Synonym(s): ligamentum transversum atlantisTA, Lauth ligament, transverse atlantal ligament
See Also: cruciate ligament of the atlas
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