cruciate ligament


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

Examples of cruciate ligament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Research suggests that 40 percent of players who have torn a cruciate ligament will do so again — in either knee — within five years. Rory Smith, New York Times, 19 July 2023 An accident-only plan covers accidents like cuts and lacerations, poisoning, and torn cruciate ligament. Dallas News, 2 Jan. 2023 Newfoundland dogs are prone to cruciate ligament disease, the same knee disorder that has troubled Woods and many other professional athletes--the disease makes dogs and humans more prone to ligament ruptures. Eliza Strickland, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2010 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cruciate ligament was circa 1934

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“Cruciate ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

cruciate ligament

: any of several more or less cross-shaped ligaments: as
: either of two ligaments in the knee joint which cross each other from femur to tibia:
: 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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