suspensory ligament

noun

: a ligament or fibrous membrane suspending an organ or part
especially : a ringlike fibrous membrane connecting the ciliary body and the lens of the eye and holding the lens in place see eye illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Half of that money was secured in the 48 races run by Mongolian Saturday, who was retired in 2018 to Ganbat’s Kentucky farm after the 8-year-old gelding was diagnosed with a suspensory ligament injury. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Suspensory ligament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspensory%20ligament. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

suspensory ligament

noun

: a ligament or fibrous membrane suspending an organ or part: as
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: a ringlike fibrous membrane connecting the ciliary body and the lens of the eye and holding the lens in place

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