medial collateral ligament

plural medial collateral ligaments

Definition of medial collateral ligament

1 : a ligament of the inner knee that connects medial parts of the femur and tibia and helps to stabilize the knee joint … Barry Sanders, sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Thanksgiving, but the reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.— Peter King

called also MCL

2 : ulnar collateral ligament … preliminary review of an MRI conducted yesterday on Williamson's injured right arm indicated he may have torn the reconstructed medial collateral ligament in his elbow— Bob Hohler

called also MCL

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Meredith led the Bears in catches (66) and receiving yards (888) in 2016 but missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. Dan Wiederer,, "After separation, Bears coach Matt Nagy wishes WR Cameron Meredith well," 17 Apr. 2018 He was diagnosed with a Grade 2 tear of the knee's medial collateral ligament after slipping on a stair while carrying luggage into his house on March 27. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "'I’m healing pretty good.' Salvador Perez says he's about ready to return to Royals | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Curry has missed 15 games since a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. Christopher Dabe,, "'It's conceivable' Stephen Curry plays Game 1 against Pelicans: report," 26 Apr. 2018 Ball missed about six weeks because of a sprained left medial collateral ligament and later with a left knee bruise. Tania Ganguli,, "Lakers' Lonzo Ball underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee," 12 June 2018 Camila suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear and medial collateral ligament sprain on her right knee in October. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride’s Carson Pickett thriving after return to her home state," 11 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 Krieger suffered a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury in her knee in the 66th minute of the Pride’s 5-2 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride defender Ali Krieger out 4 to 6 weeks with knee injury," 30 May 2018 Meredith, 25, missed the entire 2017 season with tears in his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. Amos Morale Iii,, "7 things to know about new Saints receiver Cameron Meredith," 13 Apr. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of medial collateral ligament

1 : a ligament that connects the medial epicondyle of the femur with the medial condyle and medial surface of the tibia and that helps to stabilize the knee by preventing lateral dislocation

called also MCL, tibial collateral ligament

— compare lateral collateral ligament sense 1
2 : ulnar collateral ligament sense 1

called also MCL

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