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

Examples of suspensory ligament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gains from a vacuum pump were fleeting; hanging weights from the end of his shaft seemed like a painful investment for an uncertain result; and having a surgeon snip his suspensory ligament, which promised an additional inch or so, could lead to wobblier erections. Ava Kofman, ProPublica, 26 June 2023 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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The first known use of suspensory ligament was in 1831

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“Suspensory ligament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspensory%20ligament. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

suspensory ligament

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

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