The two cruciate ligaments (anterior and posterior) are very important ligaments right in the middle of the knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia).

The word 'cruciate' means 'crossed', referring to the fact that the two cruciate ligaments cross over one another.

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