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

Examples of anterior cruciate ligament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The team fears Garoppolo tore his left anterior cruciate ligament. Fox News, "49ers lose Garoppolo to possible ACL injury," 24 Sep. 2018 The Algerian defender has been sidelined since last November, having torn his anterior cruciate ligament., "Napoli Sweating Over Fitness of Faouzi Ghoulam as Concerns Over Reoccurrence of Knee Injury Arise," 30 June 2018 Familiarity with current research and proficiency in advanced surgical techniques help Adam V. Metzler, M.D., better treat athletes who suffer painful anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries. Orthocincy,, "Stay healthy: Surgeon’s “constant learning” gets athletes back in the game," 25 June 2018 Veteran Yaya Toure and teenager Phil Foden came on as substitutes, as did Benjamin Mendy for the France left back's first appearance in nearly seven months after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee. Steve Douglas,, "EPL champs Man City rout Swansea in chase for points record," 22 Apr. 2018 With star player Kristaps Porzingis out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the Knicks are free to experiment with roster and lineup shuffles. Malika Andrews, New York Times, "Knicks Acquire Emmanuel Mudiay From Denver Nuggets in Three-Team Trade," 8 Feb. 2018 Eli Stove torn an anterior cruciate ligament during Auburn's final practice before spring break and will be out for the foreseeable future, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. James Crepea,, "Auburn receiver Eli Stove tears ACL," 21 Mar. 2018 Argentina have confirmed that Lanzini, who was hoping to line up alongside Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero in Russia after making his international debut last year, has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee., "West Ham Maestro Cruelly Ruled Out of World Cup After Rupturing Cruciate Knee Ligament," 8 June 2018 Going back-to-back: Parker's appearance against the Pistons marked his first back-to-back games since returning from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament on Feb. 2. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pistons 110, Bucks 87: Lifeless performance yields a third straight loss," 28 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'anterior cruciate ligament.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of anterior cruciate ligament

1914, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about anterior cruciate ligament

Share anterior cruciate ligament

Resources for anterior cruciate ligament

Dictionary Entries near anterior cruciate ligament



anterior chamber

anterior cruciate ligament




Statistics for anterior cruciate ligament

Last Updated

13 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for anterior cruciate ligament

The first known use of anterior cruciate ligament was in 1914

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for anterior cruciate ligament

anterior cruciate ligament


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

Comments on anterior cruciate ligament

What made you want to look up anterior cruciate ligament? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


by force of circumstances

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Vocab Quiz

  • the-education-of-achilles-eugne-delacroix
  • Which is a synonym of discomfit?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!