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suspensory ligament

n.
A ligament that supports an organ or body part, especially a fibrous membrane that holds the lens of the eye in place.

suspensory ligament

[səspen′sərē]
Etymology: L, suspendere, to hang, ligare, to bind
any of a number of ligaments that help support an organ or body structure, such as the suspensory ligaments inside the eye that hold the lens in tension.

suspensory ligament

Any LIGAMENT from which an organ or bodily part hangs, or by which it is supported.

suspensory

1. serving to hold up a part.
2. a ligament, bone, muscle, bandage or sling for supporting a part.

suspensory ligament
1. the modified interosseous muscle of the horse that arises from the palmar carpal ligament behind the knee (or the hock in the hindlimb) and suspends the pair of sesamoid bones behind the fetlock. The distal continuation of the ligament is composed of the cruciate, oblique and straight sesamoidian ligaments and the pair of extensor branches that unite with the common digital extensor tendon.
2. various other supporting ligaments.
suspensory ligament of the lens
delicate ligament suspending the lens from the ciliary body of the eye.
ovarian suspensory ligament
a peritoneal fold which forms the cranial limit to the mesovarium.
rupture of udder suspensory ligament
the medial attachment separates, the udder floor drops down and outwards so that the teats point laterally. The cow is difficult to milk, especially with a machine.
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As the loose connective tissue of the retromammary space delineates the breast from the underlying pectoralis major, the suspensory ligaments of Cooper anchor the breast onto the pectoralis major fascia and the dermis.
Injury report: California Cup Juvenile winner Carmen's Baby ruptured the suspensory ligaments in his left front ankle while finishing fifth in the Santa Anita Derby.
The eight-year-old, beaten only by Hurricane Fly in five runs at the Kildare venue, has been off the track since January of last year after damaging suspensory ligaments in his front leg.
West said: "He's always had ability, but he keeps doing his suspensory ligaments.
I broke down a very good horse there last year, The Violin Player, who ruptured both suspensory ligaments on the home turn.
He did all his suspensory ligaments - his fetlock was on the ground - and would never have been sound again.
Trainer Lavinia Taylor's husband John said: "There is some slight damage to a tendon and suspensory ligaments and he is having an injection in a tendon at the vet's today.

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