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Apical ligament


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Group

Vertebral ligaments

Description

Surrounded in fatty tissue this small ligament spans from the apex of the dens to the anterior margin of the foramen magnum of the occipital bone. It begins as a narrow band on the dens and fans out into a wider ligamentous sheet between the two alar ligaments on the occipital bone.

Function

Assists in stabilizing the head on the vertebral column.

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