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Knee ligaments. Computer artwork of a posterior view of the knee, showing some of the ligaments (white), membranes and other connective tissues forming 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. At centre is the oblique popliteal ligament, which connects the femur and tibia. Within this ligament are holes through which nerves and blood vessels pass. This ligament is an extracapsular one, meaning it is located outside the knee capsule. The lower end of one of the thigh muscles is also seen (semi-transparent, red).
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