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SPHENOMANDIBULAR LIGAMENT

The fibrous band that passes from the spine of the sphenoid bone to the lingula of the mandible; it is a primary passive support of the mandible serving as a "swinging axis", enabling depression and elevation near a transverse axis passing through the two lingulae, while at the same time enabling protraction and retraction. Synonym: ligamentum sphenomandibulare.
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