|Ligament: Nuchal ligament|
|Posterior view of muscles connecting the upper extremity to the vertebral column. Nuchal ligament labeled in red at center.|
|Seventh cervical vertebra. (Spinous process visible at bottom.)|
|Gray's||subject #72 290|
The Nuchal ligament (Ligamentum Nuchae in latin) is a fibrous membrane, which, in the neck, represents the supraspinal ligaments of the lower vertebræ.
From its anterior border a fibrous lamina is given off, which is attached to the posterior tubercle of the atlas, and to the spinous processes of the cervical vertebrae, and forms a septum between the muscles on either side of the neck.
In humans it is merely the rudiment of an important elastic ligament, which, in some other animals, particularly ungulates, serves to sustain the weight of the head.
Occipital bone. Outer surface. (Nuchal lines are identified at left.)
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