nuchal ligament


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nuchal ligament

[′nü·kəl ′lig·ə·mənt]
(anatomy)
An elastic ligament extending from the external occipital protuberance and middle nuchal line to the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebra. Also known as ligamentum nuchae.
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The nuchal ligament is an anatomic structure made of a fibroelastic membrane that extends from the occipital bone to the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra.