- Nuchal ligament
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.) Latin ligamentum nuchae Gray's subject #72 290 From To Dorlands/Elsevier l_09/12492708
The paxwax or nuchal ligament (ligamentum nuchae in Latin) is a fibrous membrane, which, in the neck, represents the supraspinal ligaments of the lower vertebræ. As it is required for running, not all animals have a nuchal ligament.
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.
The Trapezius and Splenius capitis attach to the nuchal ligament.
The "paddywhack" is the nuchal ligament of sheep, cattle or the quadruped.
Occipital bone. Outer surface. (Nuchal lines are identified at left.)
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