- Round ligament of uterus
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Latin = ligamentum teres uteri
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Caption = Sagittal section through the pelvis of a newly born female child. (Label for round ligament of
uterusvisible at upper right.)
Caption2 = 1. Round ligament
Intestinal surface of Uterus
Versical surface(toward bladder)
Fundus of uterus
Body of uterus
Palmate folds of cervical canal
Isthmus of uterus
Supravaginal portion of cervix
Vaginal portion of cervix
Precursor = lower
uterine artery, artery of round ligament of uterus
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The round ligament of the uterus originates at the
uterine horns, in the parametrium.
It leaves the
pelvisvia the deep inguinal ring[SUNYAnatomyLabs|43|03|02|01 - "The Female Pelvis: The Broad Ligament"] , passes through the inguinal canaland continues on to the labia majora[SUNYAnatomyLabs|36|03|01|05 - "Inguinal Region, Scrotum and Testes: The Internal Surface of the Anterior Abdominal Wall"] where its fibers spread and mix with the tissue of the mons pubis.
The function of the round ligament is maintenance of the
anteversionof the uterus (a position where the fundusof the uterus leans ventrally). When the uterus grows during pregnancy, these ligaments can stretch causing pain. [cite web |url=http://www.webmd.com/baby/pregnancy-round-ligament-pain |title=Pregnancy-Round Ligament Pain |accessdate=2008-01-27 |format= |work= webMD.com]
The round ligament develops from the
gubernaculumwhich attaches the gonad to the labioscrotal swellingsin the embryo. ]
The round ligament is supplied by the artery of the round ligament, otherwise known as "
* - "Superior anterior view of the female pelvis."
* - "The Male & Female Inguinal Canal"
* (NormanAnatomyFig|uterus, NormanAnatomyFig|broadligament)
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