Skip to main content

Unfortunately we don't fully support your browser. If you have the option to, please upgrade to a newer version or use Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari 14 or newer. If you are unable to, and need support, please send us your feedback.

Publish with us
Superficial Transverse Metacarpal Ligament
Connective Tissue

Superficial Transverse Metacarpal Ligament

Ligamentum metacarpeum transversum superficiale

Read more

Anatomical Relations

The superficial transverse metacarpal ligament is continuous with the distal commissural ligament of the thumb. The superficial transverse fibers lie superficial to the longitudinal fibers of the palmar aponeurosis. The digital artery and nerve pass deep to the superficial transverse metacarpal ligament in order to reach their targets in the fingers.

Complete Anatomy
The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform
Try it for Free


The superficial transverse metacarpal ligament forms part of the transverse fiber system, along with the palmar aponeurosis and the deep transverse metacarpal ligament. It is composed of transverse fibers, which travel across the apex of the web skin and extend into the digits to blend with the lateral digital sheet.


The ligament limits the spreading of the skin of the distal palm and the separation of adjacent fingers by reducing the movements of the carpometacarpal and intermetacarpal joints.

Learn more about this topic from other Elsevier products

Joint Ligament

ScienceDirect image

Entheseal structures are widely located throughout the body and are represented by the interface between bone and several tissues including tendon, joint capsules and ligaments.

Explore on ScienceDirectopens in new tab/window

Complete Anatomy

The world's most advanced 3D anatomy platform

Complete Anatomy