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

Examples of medial collateral ligament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To his surprise, though, doctors originally diagnosed it as a minor strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that might cost the Poway High receiver a couple weeks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Poway receiver Vance Jefferson wants to show college scouts he’s healthy," 17 Mar. 2021 The pair combined for 68 goals the last two seasons but started just four MLS games together last year after Vela skipped the MLS Is Back tournament, then suffered a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee in his first game back. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "LAFC opens camp hoping fans can put wind back in team’s sails," 8 Mar. 2021 Veteran forward Jared Dudley has torn the medial collateral ligament in his right knee, the team announced Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: UCLA (barely) and USC make NCAA men’s tournament," 15 Mar. 2021 Grad transfer Charles Minlend is out until mid-December after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "College hoops are almost here. What can you expect from Louisville basketball this season?," 24 Nov. 2020 Redshirt sophomore running back Ygenio Booker (nine carries, 41 yards) had surgery to repair a torn medial collateral ligament on Thursday. G Smith,, "Lighter but longer: weight loss leads to huge improvement for Tulane punter Ryan Wright," 5 Nov. 2020 Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb suffered a right medial collateral ligament injury Oct. 4 in a 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, "Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. out for season with torn ACL," 26 Oct. 2020 Starting running back Raheem Mostert likely won't play in the matchup due to a medial collateral ligament sprain, and backup Tevin Coleman also might sit with a knee injury, according to multiple reports. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "49ers star defensive end Nick Bosa out for season with torn ACL," 21 Sep. 2020 Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament decreased from 57 to 47 in 2019 over the previous year, a reduction of 15.5%, while tears of the medial collateral ligament also declined to 109 from 132, a 17.4% drop from 2018. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL data shows concussions increased slightly in 2019, but league touts 'new benchmark'," 23 Jan. 2020

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1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Medial collateral ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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