ligamentum nuchaemedical dictionary

A sagittal ligamentous band at the back of the neck, formed of thickened supraspinous ligaments; it extends from the external occipital protuberance to the posterior border of the foramen magnum, cranially, to the seventh cervical spinous process, caudally.

Synonyms: apparatus ligamentosus colli, nuchal ligament.

(05 Mar 2000)