|The interfoveolar ligament, seen from in front. (Inguinal aponeurotic falx labeled at lower left.)|
|Latin||falx inguinalis, tendo conjunctivus|
|Gray's||subject #118 414|
It is mainly formed by the lower part of the tendon of the transversus, and is inserted into the crest of the pubis and pectineal line immediately behind the subcutaneous inguinal ring, serving to protect what would otherwise be a weak point in the abdominal wall.
It forms the roof of the inguinal canal.
A direct inguinal hernia will protrude through Hesselbach's triangle, whose borders are the linea semilunaris (medially), inferior epigastric artery & vein (superolaterally), and the inguinal ligament (inferiorly). The hernia will lie medial to the spermatic cord.
- Clinical Anatomy by Ernest W. April. 3rd Edition. Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1997. Pages 326-327.