lien

2
[lahy-uh n, -en]

Origin of lien

2
1645–55; < Latin liēn spleen
Related formsli·e·nal [lahy-een-l, lahy-uh-nl] /laɪˈin l, ˈlaɪ ə nl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lienal

lienal

adjective
  1. of or relating to the spleen

Word Origin for lienal

C19: from Latin lien spleen

lien

noun
  1. law a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt

Word Origin for lien

C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for lienal

lien

n.

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).

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lienal in Medicine

lienal

[līə-nəl]
adj.
  1. Splenic.

lien

[līən, -ĕn′]
n.
  1. The spleen.
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lienal in Culture

lien

[(leen, lee-uhn)]

A claim or right given to a creditor to secure payment of a debt, usually by sale of the debtor's property.

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