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cruciate

[kroo-shee-it, -eyt] /ˈkru ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
2.
Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
3.
Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < New Latin cruciātus, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
cruciately, adverb
postcruciate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cruciately

cruciate

/ˈkruːʃɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
adjective
1.
shaped or arranged like a cross: cruciate petals
noun
2.
(informal)
  1. short for cruciate ligament
  2. (as modifier): cruciate problems
Derived Forms
cruciately, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux cross
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Word Origin and History for cruciately

cruciate

adj.

"cross-shaped," from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "cross" (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning "tormented" is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux.

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cruciately in Medicine

cruciate cru·ci·ate (krōō'shē-āt') or cru·cial (krōō'shəl)
adj.

  1. Having the form of a cross, as in certain ligaments of the knee.

  2. Arranged in or forming a cross, as for a bandage.

  3. Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.

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