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Suspensory ligament of ovary

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The suspensory ligament of the ovary, also known as the infundibulopelvic ligament, is a thin fold of parietal peritoneum extending from the lateral margin of the ovary and to the lateral wall of the female pelvis.

It makes up the superior border of the broad ligament of the uterus and helps to anchor the ovary to the posterior pelvic wall. Additionally, it acts as a conduit for the ovarian vessels. These include the ovarian artery and vein, the ovarian nerve plexus and lymphatic vessels

It should not to be confused with the ovarian ligament which is a separate structure.

Terminology English: Suspensory ligament of ovary
Synonyms: Infundibulopelvic ligament

Latin: Ligamentum suspensorium ovarii
Synonyms: Plica suspensoria ovarii
Definition The suspensory ligament of the ovary is a thin peritoneal fold supporting the ovary and acting as a conduit for the ovarian vessels.

Learn more about the anatomy of the uterus and ovaries in the following study unit:

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