Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 31 On the Tibia and Fibula

Area where the femur is articulated to the tibia

Into this epiphysis two oblong depressions [facies articularis superior] (F, G in figs. 2, 4, 7) are carved, separated by a rough, irregular prominence [eminentia intercondylaris] (H, I, K in fig. 7) and coated with slippery cartilage [cartilago articularis]. The lower heads of the femur [condylus medialis, c. lateralis] (E, F in figs. 1, 2, ch. 30) are received by these depressions; the prominence separating them enters the great depression [fossa intercondylaris] (I in fig. 1, ch. 30) that separates the heads of the femur in the posterior 17 surface. From its upper and middle surface, which is rough and depressed and is not lubricated with any cartilage, the prominence [tuberculum intercondylare] (I in figs. 2, 3, 4, 7) sends out a very strong ligament [lig. cruciatum posterius] (X in the figure for ch. 1, Bk. 2) which is inserted in the just mentioned interval or depression between the heads of the femur. 18 The middle area of this prominence is rough and depressed so as better to put forth ligaments [lig. cruciatum anterius, lig. cruciatum posterius] into the femur, bringing them out from its most elevated surface as well as from its posterior region [area intercondylaris posterior] (K in figs. 2, 4, 7). From the anterior region (H in fig. 7) of the prominence [area intercondylaris anterior], which projects very little though it is similarly rough and has a broad depression, no ligament is inserted into the femur; but ligaments are put forth there which bind the cartilages [meniscus lateralis, m. medialis] (all of fig. 8, where the right is marked L and the left M), which I shall presently explain augment the sockets [facies articularis superior] of the tibia, to the anterior surface of this prominence.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 31 On the Tibia and Fibula