cruciate ligament of the atlas


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cru·ci·ate lig·a·ment of the at·las

[TA]
the strong ligament that lies posterior to the dens of the axis holding it against the anterior arch of the atlas; it consists primarily of the transverse ligament of the atlas that forms the cross-bar of the cross and is most important functionally, and the longitudinal bands of the cruciform ligament, thus forming the upright or vertical beams of the cross.

cruciate ligament of the atlas

Etymology: L, crux, cross, ligare, to bind
a crosslike ligament attaching the atlas to the base of the occipital bone above and the posterior surface of the body of the axis below.