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Strong fibrous bands, the anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament, connect the femur to the tibia (Figure 17.7 and Figure 17.8). They originate from tubercles located on the tibia and are located between the femoral condyles. The anterior cruciate ligament extends upward, posteriorly, and laterally from its origin on the tibia and inserts into the medial aspect of the lateral femoral condyle. The posterior cruciate ligament originates from the posterior tibial tubercle and passes upward and medially to insert into the lateral aspect of the medial condyle of the femur. With the cruciate ligaments cut, the shape of the menisci can be seen more clearly.
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