anterior cruciate ligament


Definition of anterior cruciate ligament

: a cruciate ligament of each knee that attaches the front of the tibia with the back of the femur and functions especially to prevent hyperextension of the knee and is subject to injury especially by tearing

called also ACL

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Recent Examples on the Web The defender from Torrey Pines High and the San Diego Surf club did this after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in both knees. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Phenomenal San Diego women in sports," 8 Aug. 2020 In his first preseason game in the NFL, Guice tore an anterior cruciate ligament and missed the 2018 season. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Derrius Guice released by Washington after domestic-violence arrest," 7 Aug. 2020 Tankersley, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a practice in November 2018 and did not play in 2019, was one of three players first listed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list on July 27. Safid Deen,, "Dolphins waive former third-round pick Cordrea Tankersley," 4 Aug. 2020 Korver was a three-time All-CIF player at Cerritos Valley Christian before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee as a senior. Los Angeles Times, "Kari Korver to join Sparks as director of basketball operations," 5 May 2020 Five years later, the Wings are still waiting on Svechnikov, who missed the 2018-19 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the exhibition season. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Red Wings are waiting for from draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov," 13 Apr. 2020 Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament decreased from 57 to 47 in 2019 over the previous year, a reduction of 15.5%, while tears of the medial collateral ligament also declined to 109 from 132, a 17.4% drop from 2018. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL data shows concussions increased slightly in 2019, but league touts 'new benchmark'," 23 Jan. 2020 When Smith and Shannon Brooks went down with torn anterior cruciate ligaments in their knees last season, Ibrahim filled in like a pro, rushing for 202 times for 1,160 yards and nine touchdowns. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "From David Cobb to Rodney Smith and Mo Ibrahim, Gophers running backs stick together," 29 Dec. 2019 At the same time, better surgical techniques and implant materials have enabled doctors to perform knee replacements at younger ages — and procedures like reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, at older ages — than in the past., "‘Geezer jocks’: For the growing ranks of older athletes, there’s no giving up the game - The Boston Globe," 4 Dec. 2019

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Anterior cruciate ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of anterior cruciate ligament

: a cruciate ligament of each knee that is attached in front to the more medial aspect of the tibia, that passes upward, backward, and laterally through the middle of the knee crossing the posterior cruciate ligament to attach to the femur, that functions to prevent hyperextension of the knee and to keep the tibia from sliding forward in relation to the femur, and that is subject to sports injury especially by tearing

called also ACL

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