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Lateral Costotransverse Ligament
Connective Tissue

Lateral Costotransverse Ligament

Ligamentum costotransversarium laterale

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


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

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