A band of fibrous tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint.

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)1

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Ligaments: Shiny, flexible bands of fibrous tissue connecting together articular extremities of bones. They are pliant, tough, and inextensile.2

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Ligament: Band of fibrous tissue connecting bone to bone or cartilage to bone thereby supporting or strengthening a joint.3


Types may include:4

Types of Ligament:

  • Anterior Annular Ligament
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Anterior Longitudinal Ligament
  • Circular Ligament of the Tooth
  • External Lateral Ligament of the Ankle
  • Gastrocolic Ligament
  • Gastrophrenic Ligament
  • Hepatogastric Ligament
  • Internal Lateral Ligament of the Ankle
  • Laryngeal Ligament
  • Ligamentum Flavum
  • Liver Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament of the Knee
  • Medial Palpebral Ligament
  • Mesovarian Ligament
  • Patellar Ligament
  • Posterior Annular Ligament
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament
  • Posterior Longitudinal Ligament
  • Round Ligament
  • Triangular Ligament
  • Uterine Ligament

Categories for Ligament

Category of Ligament:

  • Musculoskeletal System Part

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  1. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): magazine/ issues/ summer08/ articles/ summer08pg24-26.html
  2. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  3. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  4. ibid.
  5. ibid.

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