cruciate anastomosis


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cru·ci·ate a·nas·to·mo·sis

, crucial anastomosis
a four-way anastomosis between branches of the first perforating branch of the deep femoral, inferior gluteal, and medial and lateral circumflex femoral arteries, located posterior to the upper part of the femur. Formerly described as common, investigations show it rarely occurs in the four-way "cross" pattern.

cruciate anastomosis

[kro̅o̅′shē·āt]
Etymology: L, crux, cross; Gk, anastomoein, to provide a mouth
an anastomosis in the upper part of the thigh, formed between the first perforating branch of the profunda femoris artery, the inferior gluteal artery, and the lateral and medial femoral circumflex arteries.

cru·ci·ate a·nas·to·mo·sis

, crucial anastomosis (krū'shē-āt ă-nas'tŏ-mō'sis, krū'shăl)
A four-way anastomosis between branches of the first perforating branch of the deep femoral, inferior gluteal, and medial and lateral circumflex femoral arteries, located posterior to the upper part of the femur.