anterior atlantooccipital membrane


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an·te·ri·or at·lan·to·oc·cip·i·tal mem·brane

[TA]
the fibrous layer that extends from the anterior arch of the atlas to the anterior margin of the foramen magnum of the occipital bone.

anterior atlantooccipital membrane

one of two broad, densely woven fibrous sheets that form part of the atlantooccipital joint between the atlas and the occipital bone. Also called anterior atlantooccipital ligament. Compare posterior atlantooccipital membrane.
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