Cross-shaped. "Cruciate" comes from the Latin "crux" which means "cross". (That is the crux of this matter). The cruciate ligaments are so-named because they cross each other. For example, there are cruciate ligaments that cross within the knee joint. These ligaments help provide stability and strength to the knee joint.
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Shaped like, or resembling, a cross. [L. cruciatus]

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cru·ci·ate 'krü-shē-.āt adj shaped like a cross <a \cruciate bandage> <a \cruciate incision>

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cru·ci·ate (krooґshe-āt) cruciform.

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  • cruciate — adjective Etymology: New Latin cruciatus, from Latin cruc , crux Date: 1826 cross shaped ; cruciform …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • cruciate — cruciately, adv. /krooh shee it, ayt /, adj. 1. cross shaped. 2. Bot. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard. 3. Entomol. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects. [1675 85; < NL cruciatus,… …   Universalium

  • cruciate — adjective a) In the form of a cross; cruciform. b) Overlapping or crossing …   Wiktionary

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