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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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 The 2017 season proved unkind to a number of high-profile players around the league, including quarterbacks Deshaun Watson (Texans, torn anterior cruciate ligament), Carson Wentz (Eagles, torn ACL) and Andrew Luck (Colts, shoulder injury). Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "10 takeaways of the NFL's offseason heading into training camps," 18 June 2018 Dave Birkett/DFP Rookie fullback Nick Bawden did, in fact, tear the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Day 2 of mandatory minicamp Wednesday, a source told the Free Press, and the Lions' seventh-round pick will miss the season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions' Bawden out with ACL, but Patricia mum on injuries," 7 June 2018 Payton, however, offered the most optimistic outlook to date on Meredith, who suffered tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament last August. Josh Katzenstein,, "Sean Payton discusses Saints moves with Cameron Meredith, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman," 24 Apr. 2018 Instead, the issue lies with the surgery Fekir had to repair anterior cruciate ligament damage, and the Reds are concerend about his long-term health., "New Twist in Liverpool's Chase of Nabil Fekir as Contact With Lyon President Reignites Transfer Saga," 12 July 2018 Buy Photo Deborah Lawlor sat in Kendall Seifert’s living room last summer and shared encouraging words after Seifert tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Aaron Carter,, "Kendall Seifert leads Gwynedd Mercy to lacrosse playoff victory," 29 May 2018

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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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