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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Smith tore his left anterior cruciate ligament after catching a screen pass on the opening drive of a 21-14 win over Fresno State last September. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers running back Rodney Smith to feature more in passing game," 29 July 2019 Holding has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a match against Manchester United in December., "Rob Holding Set to Miss the Start of Arsenal's Season Through Injury," 30 June 2019 But a torn anterior cruciate ligament ended Lawson's 2018 campaign at seven games. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Carl Lawson finds inspiration in ‘Dragon Ball Z’," 14 July 2019 More serious conditions include tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus. Beacon Orthopaedics,, "This doctor’s soccer background is an asset when treating athletes," 28 June 2019 Foster tore the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in his left knee. Mark Inabinett |,, "Shaun Dion Hamilton tagged ‘most improved’ by Washington Redskins coach," 17 June 2019 On the heels of Kevin Durant’s Achilles rupture (pun intended), Klay Thompson ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last Thursday night during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Colin Hoobler,, "Klay Thompson’s torn ACL: How rehabilitation and return might go for the Golden State Warriors guard," 17 June 2019 Achilles ruptures are not all that common, at least compared to other serious injuries such as torn anterior cruciate ligaments in the knee. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "How Kevin Durant's injury alters the NBA landscape — this summer and beyond," 11 June 2019 The former Alabama All-American tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee on Sept. 17 in Jacksonville’s game against the New England Patriots. Mark Inabinett |,, "Jacksonville Jaguars expect Cam Robinson to return ‘sometime during training camp’," 16 June 2019

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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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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