Ligament of head of femur
|Ligament: Ligament of head of femur|
|Left hip-joint, opened by removing the floor of the acetabulum from within the pelvis. (Ligamentum teres visible at center.)|
|Hip-joint, front view. The capsular ligament has been largely removed. (Ligam. teres visible at center.)|
|Latin||ligamentum capitis femoris, ligamentum teres femoris|
|Gray's||subject #92 336|
The ligament of the head of the femur, also known as the ligamentum capitis femoris or the ligamentum teres femoris, is a triangular, somewhat flattened band implanted by its apex into the antero-superior part of the fovea capitis femoris; its base is attached by two bands, one into either side of the acetabular notch, and between these bony attachments it blends with the transverse ligament.
It has, however, but little influence as a ligament past childhood according to some references. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the ligament gives the femur a stabilizing strength which, as in the orangatan, some animals lack.
- ↑ Tan CK, Wong WC, Singapore Medical Journal, "Absence of the ligament of head of femur in the human hip joint", 1990 Aug; 31(4):360-3.
- ↑ Gray's Anatomy
- ↑ Femur article, Encyclopedia Britannica.
- Ligament+of+head+of+femur at eMedicine Dictionary
- Anatomy at Dartmouth hip/hip%20ligaments/ligaments6
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