1. Arranged in or forming a cross; cruciform.
a. Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.
b. Shaped like a cross: the cruciate ligaments of the knee.
[New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux, cruc-, cross.]
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