Bock, Walter J. Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York, New York.
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A strong, flexible connective tissue band usually found between two bony prominences. Most ligaments are composed of dense fibrous tissue formed by parallel bundles of collagen fibers. They have a shining white appearance and are pliable, strong, and noncompliant. These ligaments are closely associated with all articulations and are largely responsible for the exact movement of the bones. Other ligaments may span larger gaps between bones and may serve as important controlling elements in complex bone-linkage systems.
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