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Cooper's ligament

noun Coo·per's ligament \ ˌkü-pərz-, ˌku̇p-ərz- \

medical Definition of Cooper's ligament

:a strong ligamentous band extending upward and backward from the base of Gimbernat's ligament along the iliopectineal line to which it is attached called also ligament of Cooper

Biographical Note for cooper's ligament

  • Cooper \ˈkü-pər, US also ˈku̇p-ər\, Sir Astley Paston (1768–1841), British surgeon. The foremost surgeon of his day, Cooper is known in part for his pioneering treatments for aneurysm. In 1808 he ligated the common carotid artery and the external iliac arteries and in 1817 he ligated the abdominal continuation of the descending aorta. In 1829 he published a work on the anatomy and diseases of the breast in which he described those ligaments which are the connective tissue attachments of the mammary gland to the overlying skin. The ligaments have since been named in his honor.

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