cru·​ci·​ate ˈkrü-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce cruciate (audio)
: cross-shaped : cruciform

Examples of cruciate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last November, Lynn Classical junior Brian Vaughan Jr. tore the anterior cruciate, lateral collateral, and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee on the second possession of the 108th Thanksgiving meeting against Lynn English. Nate Weitzer,, 25 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, Rob Holding, whose 2018/19 season came to a premature end with a cruciate knee ligament injury last December, is currently training with the Under-23 squad and recently played the full 90 minutes for the club's development side., 4 Sep. 2019 The Hammers are on the lookout for an ethereal playmaker, after Manuel Lanzini ruptured his cruciate knee ligament during Argentina's preparation for the World Cup., 25 June 2018 First choice Hector Bellerin remains a long term fitness concern and is set to miss at least six weeks of the new season with a cruciate knee ligament injury., 13 July 2019 But in terms of those type of operations, a meniscus is not nearly as serious as an anterior cruciate knee ligament tear. Terry Pluto,, 20 June 2019 Dann was a mainstay in the Eagles' side in the 2017/18 season, featuring 17 times before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in an attempt to tackle Kevin De Bruyne at the tail end of a draw between Manchester City and Palace., 11 July 2018 According to the Telegraph, Fekir underwent medical tests at France's training base on Friday morning but his fitness was placed into question after a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in 2015 required a second opinion., 9 June 2018 Guardiola has late fitness concerns over Sergio Aguero (knee) and Fabian Delph (muscle strain) while Benjamin Mendy continues his recuperation from a cruciate knee ligament problem., 30 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History


New Latin cruciatus, from Latin cruc-, crux

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cruciate was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Cruciate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


cru·​ci·​ate ˈkrü-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce cruciate (audio)
: shaped like a cross
a cruciate bandage
a cruciate incision
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