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Lateral Costotransverse Ligament
Connective Tissue

Lateral Costotransverse Ligament

Ligamentum costotransversarium laterale

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Anatomical Relations

The lateral costotransverse ligaments comprise short, thick fibers that join the apex of the transverse processes of the thoracic vertebrae to the rough, non-articular part of the costal tubercle of each rib.

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Structure

The fibers of the lateral costotransverse ligament are quite short, but are thick and strong.

Function

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

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