What is the term for a long, flexible band of connective tissue that connects two bones across a joint?
Ligament is a band of fibrous connective tissue which connects bones or cartilages across a joint. It serves to support and strengthen joints.
Fig 1 : Following diagram shows the iliofemoral of hip joint :
Fig 2: This diagram shows that ligaments and tendons are different, ligaments bind two bones together, but tendons bind bone and muscle :
Sometimes ligaments support viscera (ligaments of liver).
Fig 3: It is a picture of anterior surface of liver, showing ligaments of liver.