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The ligaments of malleus are three
ligament A ligament is the Connective tissue#Types, fibrous connective tissue that connects bones to other bones. It is also known as ''articular ligament'', ''articular larua'', ''fibrous ligament'', or ''true ligament''. Other ligaments in the body incl ...

ligament
s that attach the
malleus The malleus, or hammer, is a hammer-shaped small bone or ossicle The ossicles (also called auditory ossicles) are three bone A bone is a Stiffness, rigid tissue (anatomy), tissue that constitutes part of the vertebrate skeleton in animals. ...

malleus
in the
middle ear The middle ear is the portion of the ear The ear is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance. In mammals, the ear is usually described as having three parts—the outer ear The outer ear, external ear, or auris externa is t ...

middle ear
. They are the anterior, lateral and superior ligaments. The anterior ligament of the malleus also known as Casserio's ligament is a fibrous band that extends from the
neck The neck is the part of the body on many vertebrate Vertebrates () comprise all species of animal Animals (also called Metazoa) are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the Kingdom (biology), biological kingdom Animalia. With ...
of the malleus just above its anterior process to the anterior wall of the
tympanic cavity The tympanic cavity is a small cavity surrounding the bones of the middle ear The middle ear is the portion of the ear The ear is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance. In mammals, the ear is usually described as having three ...
close to the
petrotympanic fissure The petrotympanic fissure (also known as the squamotympanic fissure or the glaserian fissure) is a fissure in the temporal bone that runs from the temporomandibular joint to the tympanic cavity. The mandibular fossa is bounded, in front, by the ar ...

petrotympanic fissure
. Some of the fibers also pass through the fissure to the
spine of sphenoid bone The great wings The greater wing of the sphenoid bone, or alisphenoid, is a bony process of the sphenoid bone; there is one on each side, extending from the side of the Body of sphenoid bone, body of the sphenoid and curving upward, laterally, an ...

spine of sphenoid bone
. The lateral ligament of the malleus is a triangular fibrous band that crosses from the posterior aspect of the tympanic notch to the head or
neck The neck is the part of the body on many vertebrate Vertebrates () comprise all species of animal Animals (also called Metazoa) are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the Kingdom (biology), biological kingdom Animalia. With ...
of the malleus. The superior ligament of the malleus is a delicate fibrous strand that crosses from the roof of the
tympanic cavity The tympanic cavity is a small cavity surrounding the bones of the middle ear The middle ear is the portion of the ear The ear is the organ of hearing and, in mammals, balance. In mammals, the ear is usually described as having three ...
to the head of the malleus.


Additional Images

File:Slide1ghe.JPG, Auditory ossicles. Tympanic cavity. Deep dissection.


References

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