UAMS Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences - Joints and Ligaments of the Abdomen

Gross Anatomy


Joints and Ligaments of the Abdomen - Listed Alphabetically

Joint or ligament Description Notes
inguinal ligament the ligament that connects the anterior superior iliac spine with the pubic tubercle the inguinal ligament is a specialization of the inferior border of the external abdominal oblique aponeurosis; it is the site of origin for a part of the internal abdominal oblique muscle and for a part of the transversus abdominis muscle; also known as: Poupart's ligament
lacunar ligament an extension of the medial end of inguinal ligament which connects the pubic tubercle with the pecten of the pubis the lacunar ligament is a flattened portion of the aponeurosis of the external abdominal oblique m. that projects posteriorly from the pubic tubercle; it forms the medial border of the femoral ring and the floor of the inguinal canal at the superficial inguinal ring
pectineal ligament a thickening of fascia on the pecten of the pubis the pectineal ligament looks like an extension of the lacunar ligament along the surface of the pectineal line; also known as: Cooper's ligament (note: Cooper's ligaments are also found in the breast)


Some of the material presented in these tables is contained in the book:
MedCharts Anatomy by Thomas R. Gest and Jaye Schlesinger
Published by ILOC, Inc., New York. Copyright 1995.

The content of these tables has been edited for use in this course by Patrick W. Tank, Ph.D.
Copyright 2009, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Unauthorized use is prohibited.




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