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Zinn's zone

Alternative eponyms

  • Zinn's membrane
  • Zinn's tendon
  • Zinn's zonule

Synonyms

Ciliary zone, zonula ciliaris, zonula of Zinn

Related people

A system of fibres holding the lens in place.

Description

A system of fibres arising from the inner surface of the orbiculus ciliaris and that run in bundles between and in a very thin layer over the ciliary processes, holding the lens in place.

Zinn was not however, the original discoverer of this, as it had already been described by Matteo Realdo Colombo (1516-1559).

Bibliography

  • J. G. Zinn:
    Descriptio anatomica oculi humani. Göttingen, B. Abrami Vandenhoeck, 1755.
  • Pat Forbis and Susan L. Bartolucci:
    Stedman's Medical Eponyms.
    Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998.

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