Sphenomandibular Ligament

Wednesday, March 12th 2014. | Anatomy

Sphenomandibular Ligament

Sphenomandibular ligament (internal lateral ligament) is a thin band and flat, which is attached superiorly to the spina angularis of the sphenoid bone, and, becoming broader as it descends. It have function to limit distension of the mandible in an inferior direction. Its lateral surface is in relation, above, with the lateral pterygoid; lower down, it is separated from the neck of the condyle by the internal maxillary vessels; still lower, the inferior alveolar vessels and nerve and a lobule of the parotid gland lie between it and the ramus of the mandible.
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