• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cruciate shaped like a cross
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cruciate (Bot) Having the leaves or petals arranged in the form of a cross; cruciform.
    • v. t Cruciate To torture; to torment. Obs See Excruciate.
    • Cruciate Tormented.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cruciate To torture; torment; afflict with extreme pain or distress; excruciate.
    • cruciate Tormented; excruciated.
    • cruciate In botany, having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard, etc.; cruciform: applied also to tetraspores of red marine algæ. See tetraspore.
    • cruciate In zöol., crucial or cruciform; crossed or cross-shaped; specifically, in entomology, crossing each other diagonally in repose, as the wings of many hymenopterous insects and the hemelytra of the Heteroptera.
    • n cruciate An obsolete form of crusade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cruciate (bot.) arranged in the form of a cross, as leaves or petals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cruciatus, p. p. of cruciare, to crucify, torture, fr. crux, crucis, a cross. See Cross
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. crucial, from L. crux, crucis, a cross.


In literature:

It may even slip past the condyle and into the intercondyloid notch, and come to lie against the cruciate ligaments.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles

In news:

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the center of the knee that prevents the shin bone (tibia) from moving forward on the thigh bone (femur).
A slide show depicting the repair of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Bozeman's Dane Fletcher is likely lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
The Texans mostly stayed out of the debate about whether the Monday night hit that resulted in Brian Cushing's torn anterior cruciate ligament was illegal or dirty.
Hannover midfielder Leon Andreasen has been dealt a major blow by tearing his cruciate knee ligaments in Wednesday's game against Nurnberg.
Derry's Paddy Bradley doesn't know whether he will have the drive to overcome a second cruciate ligament operation and play football again.
"MRI scans on John Terry's right knee thankfully show no significant damage to the cruciate ligaments ," Chelsea said.
CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose had surgery Saturday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Walt Harris tore or partially tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will have surgery.
The sophomore was injured in practice on Saturday and tests later revealed that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Lyons has a torn posterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
NORMAN — The Oklahoma women are bound to miss Maddie Manning, the 6-2 freshman point guard who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at practice Wednesday.
Mississippi State running back Nick Griffin will miss the Gator Bowl after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
A day after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament while shagging fly balls during batting practice, the 42-year-old closer said he does not want his career to end this way.
New Orleans Hornets forward David West tore his left anterior cruciate ligament Thursday night when he landed awkwardly after dunking against the Utah Jazz in the fourth quarter.