Intercrural fibres of superficial inguinal ring
The intercrural fibers (intercolumnar fibers) are a series of curved tendinous fibers, which arch across the lower part of the aponeurosis of the Obliquus externus, describing curves with the convexities downward.
|Intercrural fibres of superficial inguinal ring
The subcutaneous inguinal ring. (Intercrural fibers labeled at center.)
|fibrae intercrurales anuli inguinalis superficialis
They have received their name from stretching across between the two crura of the subcutaneous inguinal ring, and they are much thicker and stronger at the inferior crus, where they are connected to the inguinal ligament, than superiorly, where they are inserted into the linea alba.
The intercrural fibers increase the strength of the lower part of the aponeurosis, and prevent the divergence of the crura from one another; they are more strongly developed in the male than in the female.
As they pass across the subcutaneous inguinal ring, they are connected together by delicate fibrous tissue, forming a fascia, called the intercrural fascia.
The subcutaneous inguinal ring is seen as a distinct aperture only after the intercrural fascia has been removed.
- Anatomy photo:35:st-1303 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Ring, inguinal superficial"
- Anatomy image:7672 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center