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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Human Anatomy: Plate 7Figures 4 and 5

Atlas of Human Anatomy

The medial ligaments of the joint of the skull; through a wedge opening at the back of the skull and the first and second cervical vertebra, seen from behind (dorsally).

Translated by: Ronald A. Bergman, PhD and Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
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medial ligaments of the joint of the skull first and second cervical vertebra

a) Occipital bone.
b) Atlas.
c) Second cervical vertebra.
d) Odontoid process.

  1. posterior longitudinal ligament.
  2. tectorial membrane.
  3. cruciform ligament.
  4. transverse ligament.
  5. cruciform ligament, superior vertical.
  6. cruciform ligament, inferior horizontal.
  7. inferior lateral ligament of odontoid process.
  8. superior lateral ligaments of odontoid process (s. alar s. Maucharti, s. check ligament).
  9. capsular ligament of the head with atlas.
  10. ligament transversali.
  11. accessory band of the atlantoaxial capsule.
  12. apical dental ligament.
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