from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the leg, shank, or thigh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the thigh or leg, or to any of the parts called crura.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the leg or hind limb: as, a crural artery or vein; the anterior crural nerves; the crural arch, or Poupart's ligament.
  • Pertaining to the leg proper, or crus, as distinguished from the thigh; cnemial; tibial.
  • Pertaining to the crura or peduncles of the brain.
  • Shaped like a leg or root.
  • Of or pertaining to the crum. See crus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating the leg from the knee to the foot


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin crūrālis, from crūs, crūr-, leg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin crūrālis, from crūs ("leg") (stem: crūr-).


  • So-called crural paralysis or "hip swinney" is occasionally observed but this is not a condition wherein the nerve is affected in the manner that characterizes the marked atrophy of quadriceps femoris (crural) muscles in some cases of hemaglobinuria.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • Tracing a femoral rupture from within outwards, we find that its first stage is to push its way through the weak point of the arch formed by Poupart's ligament, that is, the spot called the crural arch, bounded on its outer side by the sheath of fascia which surrounds the femoral vein; above by

    A Manual of the Operations of Surgery For the Use of Senior Students, House Surgeons, and Junior Practitioners

  • Male platypuses are venomous, courtesy of their crural glands.


  • Let it be added that there are no valves in the arteries, and that dogs, oxen, etc., have invariably valves at the divisions of their crural veins, in the veins that meet towards the top of the os sacrum, and in those branches which come from the haunches, in which no such effect of gravity from the erect position was to be apprehended.

    On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals

  • · Mark the edges of the femoral artery in the crural arc and fix the vessel beneath two fingers of the left hand.

    Chapter 5

  • · In adults, puncture lcm on the inside of the wall of the artery and 2cm below the crural arc.

    Chapter 5

  • · Mark the crural arc; the line in the groin joining the antero-superior iliac spine and the spine of the pubis

    Chapter 5

  • Malvolio, to tie up his legs, perhaps to keep them from running away, these false knaves wore, some of them, ragged boots up to their thighs, while others had no crural coverings at all, and only rough sandals, such as the Indians there use, between their feet and the ground.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 03, January, 1858

  • Such cases may be styled momentary luxation, whether they are due to a weakened condition of the patellar ligaments or spasmodic contraction of the crural muscles.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • -- The femoral nerve (crural) is derived chiefly from the fourth and fifth lumbar nerves.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1


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