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Costotransverse Ligament (Right)
Connective Tissue

Costotransverse Ligament (Right)

Ligamentum costotransversarium

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The costotransverse ligaments consist of small sheets of connective tissue fibers that fills the costotransverse foramen between the posterior aspects of the necks of the ribs and the transverse processes of the adjacent vertebrae. This ligament is absent in the eleventh and twelfth ribs.

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The costotransverse ligaments are composed of short fibers.


The superior costotransverse ligaments reinforce the costotransverse joint, limiting its movement to slight gliding.

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