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Collateral knee ligaments. Computer artwork of a posterior view of the knee, showing some of the ligaments (white) connecting the bones of this joint. At top is the lower end of the femur (thigh bone). At bottom are the upper ends of the fibula (left) and tibia (right), the two lower leg bones. The ends of the bones are covered in articular cartilage (a form of hyaline cartilage) that lubricates the joint and absorbs some of the wear and tear as it moves. The two ligaments are the lateral collateral ligament (left), connecting the femur and fibula, and the medial collateral ligament (right), connecting the femur and tibia.
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