cruciate
adjective Etymology: New Latin cruciatus, from Latin cruc-, crux Date: 1826 cross-shaped ; cruciform

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  • Cruciate — Cruciate, and similar words, can mean: The cruciate ligaments in the knee. For a magic spell in the Harry Potter scenario, see crucio. This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here …   Wikipedia

  • Cruciate — Cru ci*ate (kr? sh? ?t), v. t. To torture; to torment. [Obs.] See {Excruciate}. Bale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cruciate — Cru ci*ate (kr? sh? ?t or sh?t; 106), a. [L. cruciatus, p. p. of cruciare to crucify, torture, fr. crux, crucis, a cross. See {Cross}.] 1. Tormented. [Obs.] Bale. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Having the leaves or petals arranged in the form of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cruciate — (adj.) cross shaped, from Mod.L. cruciatus, from L. crux (gen. crucis) cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross)). Obsolete meaning tormented is 1530s, from L. cruciat , pp. stem of cruciare cause pain or anguish to, lit. crucify, from crux …   Etymology dictionary

  • cruciate — [kro͞o′shē it, kro͞o′shēāt΄] adj. [< ModL cruciatus (in L, pp. of cruciare, to crucify) < L crux, CROSS] 1. cross shaped 2. Bot. having leaves or petals arranged in the form of a cross 3. Zool. crossing: said of wings …   English World dictionary

  • Cruciate — 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 …   Medical dictionary

  • cruciate —   a. cross shaped or Y shaped; marked with cross; v.t mark with cross.    ♦ cruciation,   n. torture; cruciate state …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • cruciate — adj. [L. crux, cross] Crossing; shaped like a cross …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 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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