The zonula ciliaris has many other similar names, including the zonule of Zinn, and simply as the zonules (as indicated in the diagram below).
In all cases these terms refer to the part of the of the human eye formed by the change of structure of the hyaloid membrane as it moves in front of (anterior to) the ora serrata, which is the area in which the retina terminates as a jagged margin towards the front of the eyeball as it approaches the ciliary body (see below).
See the diagram showing the location of the zonule of Zinn (labelled 'Zonules'), below-left below.
N.B. The distance between the ora serrata and ciliary body is exaggerated on this diagram. The approx. position of the Hyaloid Membrane at the position at which it becomes the Zonules is shown as a dotted line.
For further detail see Gray's Anatomy, which is informative yet inexpensive.
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