noun, plural cruxes, cruces
[kroo-seez] /ˈkru siz/ (Show IPA)
a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point:
The crux of the trial was his whereabouts at the time of the murder.
something that torments by its puzzling nature; a perplexing difficulty.
noun, genitive Crucis
[kroo-sis] /ˈkru sɪs/ (Show IPA). Astronomy.
noun (pl) cruxes, cruces (ˈkruːsiːz)
a vital or decisive stage, point, etc (often in the phrase the crux of the matter)
a baffling problem or difficulty
(mountaineering) the most difficult and often decisive part of a climb or pitch
a rare word for cross
noun (Latin genitive) Crucis (ˈkruːsɪs)
the more formal name for the Southern Cross
1814, “cross,” from Latin crux “cross” (see cross (n.)). Figurative use for “a central difficulty,” is older, from 1718; perhaps from Latin crux interpretum “a point in a text that is impossible to interpret,” in which the literal sense is something like “crossroads of interpreters.” Extended sense of “central point” is from 1888.
crux (krŭks, kruks)
n. pl. crux·es or cru·ces (krōō’sēz)
A cross or a crosslike structure.
- Cruveilhier-baumgarten syndrome
Cruveilhier-Baumgarten syndrome n. Cirrhosis of the liver associated with patent umbilical or paraumbilical veins and varicose periumbilical veins.
- Crux ansata
/ænˈseɪtə/ noun (pl) cruces ansatae (ænˈseɪtiː) 1. another term for ankh
- Crux of heart
crux of heart n. The area of the junction of the walls of the four chambers of the heart.
- Crux of the matter
Also, heart of the matter. The basic, central or critical point of an issue. For example, In this trial the bloodstains represent the crux of the matter, or We think the second clause is the heart of the matter. Although crux is Latin for “cross,” in English it means “difficulty” or “puzzle,” and it is […]