Apical ligament

The apical ligament is a small ligament that joins the apex (tip) of the dens of C2 to the anterior margin of the foramen magnum. It is the weak, fibrous remnant of the notochord.

The more posterior alar and cruciate ligaments are stronger and therefore far more clinically significant.

Spinal anatomy
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rID: 36570
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Apical ligament: spine

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