cruciate ligament


Definition of cruciate ligament

: either of two ligaments in the knee joint which cross each other from femur to tibia especially : anterior cruciate ligament

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Recent Examples on the Web Goggia sprained her left knee and partially tore a cruciate ligament. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 Now, at almost 10 years young, Finn has fallen victim to his second cruciate ligament tear. cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 The anterior-cruciate ligament in his left, punting knee tore. Dave Hyde,, 9 Aug. 2021 For example, Labrador retrievers are susceptible to deterioration and tearing of the cruciate ligament. Ashley Kilroy, Robb Report, 27 June 2021 Roma talisman Nicolo Zaniolo has been out of action since last September due to a cruciate ligament injury, having previously sustained the same injury on the other knee in 2020. Giacomo Galardini, Forbes, 24 May 2021 And for dogs dealing with conditions like arthritis, joint pain, or cranial cruciate ligament injuries, an orthopedic dog bed is the way to go, according to Fadl. Nina Huang, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2021 The Swede went on to score 28 goals in the 2016/17 season before a cruciate ligament injury derailed his campaign. Aimee Lewis, CNN, 6 Oct. 2020 However, the cruciate ligaments also work to stabilize the knee when the leg is rotating. Vivien Shaw, Quartz, 14 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of cruciate ligament

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Cruciate ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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Medical Definition of cruciate ligament

: any of several more or less cross-shaped ligaments: as
a : either of two ligaments in the knee joint which cross each other from femur to tibia:
b : a complex ligament made up of the transverse ligament of the atlas and vertical fibrocartilage extending from the dens to the border of the foramen magnum

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