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Oblique Popliteal Ligament
Connective Tissue

Oblique Popliteal Ligament

Ligamentum popliteum obliquum

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The oblique popliteal ligament is a well-defined ligament that arises as a distal reflected extension of the semimembranosus tendon. It extends across the back of the knee, from the medial condyle of the tibia to the lateral condyle of the femur. It blends with the central posterior part of the fibrous layer of the articular capsule of the knee (Moore, Dalley and Agur, 2013).

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The oblique popliteal ligament prevents hyperextension of the knee joint.


Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. and Agur, A. M. R. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th edn.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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