posterior cruciate ligament


: a cruciate ligament of each knee that attaches the back of the tibia with the front of the femur and functions especially to limit the backward motion of the tibia

Examples of posterior cruciate ligament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After overcoming a torn posterior cruciate ligament in her knee that forced her to miss half of her junior season, Caroline made two go-ahead free throws with 21 seconds left in double overtime in last year’s 6A state final, only for Fayetteville High to lose 52-51 on a shot in the final seconds. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2022 Mike White will make his first NFL start at quarterback in place of Zach Wilson, who is out at least two games with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament. San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2021 The former Eagles captain and special teams ace suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament during the team's 2017 Super Bowl season. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2023 The lawsuit alleged that Bradley and the Institute ignored prior damage to Maragos' meniscus while surgically repairing and rehabbing a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the outlet reported. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 Jackson, who’s 6-3 lifetime against the Browns, suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s 10-9 victory over the Broncos and could be out 1-3 weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. cleveland, 6 Dec. 2022 Last year, Yanchuk missed all but two games with a torn posterior cruciate ligament, and was inactive for the Shamrocks’ first-round exit to Reading. Jake Levin,, 6 Nov. 2022 Wilson suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in New York’s blowout loss to New England the previous week. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 But those gains were spoiled in Week 4 when Elliott partially tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Carolina. Dallas News, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Posterior cruciate ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition

posterior cruciate ligament

: a cruciate ligament of each knee that is attached medially in back between the condyles of the tibia, that passes upward and forward through the middle of the knee crossing the anterior cruciate ligament to attach to the medial aspect of the femur, that functions to prevent hyperflexion of the knee and to keep the tibia from sliding backward in relation to the femur when the knee is flexed, and that is stronger and less subject to sports injury by tearing than the anterior cruciate ligament

called also PCL

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