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posterior cruciate ligament

noun

Definition of posterior cruciate ligament

  1. :  a cruciate ligament of each knee that attaches the back of the tibia with the front of the femur and functions especially to limit the backward motion of the tibia



1981

First Known Use of posterior cruciate ligament

1981


Medical Dictionary

posterior cruciate ligament

noun

Medical Definition of posterior cruciate ligament

  1. :  a cruciate ligament of each knee that is attached medially in back between the condyles of the tibia, that passes upward and forward through the middle of the knee crossing the anterior cruciate ligament to attach to the medial aspect of the femur, that functions to prevent hyperflexion of the knee and to keep the tibia from sliding backward in relation to the femur when the knee is flexed, and that is stronger and less subject to sports injury by tearing than the anterior cruciate ligament—called also PCL




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