Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #12

Question

Which is the primary function of ligaments?

Answers

  1. They connect bones to other bones.
    • Rationale:

      The primary function of the ligaments is to connect bones with other bones.

  2. They connect muscles to other muscles.
    • Rationale:

      Fascia, not ligaments, connect muscles to other muscles.

  3. They allow for smooth movement of the body’s joints.
    • Rationale:

      Cartilage, not ligaments, allow for smooth movement of the body’s joints.

  4. They provide a connection between bones and muscles.
    • Rationale:

      Tendons, not ligaments, provide a connection between bones and muscles.

Overview

Some skeletal system structures function to connect bones with other bones.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

The structure that connects bones with other bones is referred to as a ligament. Ligaments are made up of connective tissue with collagen. Ligaments connect bones to bones at the point where they articulate (i.e., come in close proximity to each other).

Test Taking Tip

Consider the function of ligaments to correctly answer this question.

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