adjective. shaped like a cross.
- cruciatus (Latin)
Example sentences of the word cruciate
1. Noun, singular or mass
If the audible pop in your knee while riding your bike is followed immediately by sudden pain and swelling, you have probably suffered a tear or rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee.
2. Verb, base form
Polyarthritis, hip dysplasia and cruciate ligament rupture are other potential causes of stiffness when walking, lameness and pain.
Dogs who have patellar luxation are at increased risk for developing early onset arthritis in the joint and for suffering painful cruciate ligament tears.