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Atlantoaxial articular capsule
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Anterior atlantoöccipital membrane and atlantoaxial ligament.
Latin capsula articularis atlantoaxialis lateralis
Gray's subject #73 292

The atlantoaxial articular capsules are thin and loose, and connect the margins of the lateral masses of the atlas with those of the posterior articular surfaces of the axis.

Each is strengthened at its posterior and medial part by an accessory ligament, which is attached below to the body of the axis near the base of the odontoid process, and above to the lateral mass of the atlas near the transverse ligament.

This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained within it may be outdated.

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