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Pubofemoral ligament

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The pubofemoral ligament, also known as the pubocapsular ligament, is a triangular shaped capsular ligament reinforcing the anterior and inferior aspect of the hip joint. Proximally, it attaches to the iliopubic ramus, superior pubic ramus, obturator crest and obturator membrane. It travels in a inferolateral direction and blends distally with the fibrous joint capsule as well as the descending part of the iliofemoral ligament

The pubofemoral ligament tightens during abduction and extension of the hip joint, preventing excessive abduction and extension of the hip joint. 

Terminology English: Pubofemoral ligament
Latin: Ligamentum pubofemorale
Definition Capsular ligament on the anterior-inferior aspect of the hip joint
Attachments Proximally: Iliopubic ramus, superior pubic ramus, obturator crest and obturator membrane
Distally: Blends with fibrous capsule and iliofemoral ligament
Function Reinforces hip joint on the anterior-inferior aspect and prevents excessing abduction and extension of the hip joint

Learn more about the ligaments of the hip joint with this study unit (and article):

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