ligament [ lig- uh-m uh nt ] SHOW IPA / ˈlɪg ə mənt / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun . Anatomy, Zoology a band of tissue, usually white and fibrous, serving to connect bones, hold organs in place, etc. a tie or bond: The desire for personal freedom is a ligament uniting all peoples. RELATED WORDS screw
perplexity Origin of ligament 1375–1425; late Middle English
Medieval Latin ligāmentum, Latin:
bandage, equivalent to
) to tie +
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Examples from the Web for ligament British Dictionary definitions for ligament noun anatomy any one of the bands or sheets of tough fibrous connective tissue that restrict movement in joints, connect various bones or cartilages, support muscles, etc any physical or abstract connection or bond Word Origin for ligament
C14: from Medieval Latin
ligāmentum, from Latin (in the sense: bandage), from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for ligament n.
late 14c., from Latin
ligamentum "band, tie, ligature," from ligare "to bind, tie," from PIE *leig- "to bind" (cf. Albanian lith "I bind," Middle Low German lik "band," Middle High German geleich "joint, limb"). Related: Ligamental; ligamentary.
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Medicine definitions for ligament n. A band or sheet of tough fibrous tissue connecting two or more bones, cartilages, or other structures, or serving as support for fasciae or muscles. A fold of peritoneum supporting any of the abdominal viscera. The cordlike remains of a fetal vessel or other structure that has lost its original lumen. Related forms lig′a•men ( ′tal -mĕn) null ′tl adj.
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Science definitions for ligament A sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue that connects two bones or holds an organ of the body in place.
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Culture definitions for ligament
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