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.
Origin of ligament
1375–1425; late Middle English
< Medieval Latin ligāmentum, Latin:
bandage, equivalent to ligā(re
) to tie + -mentum -ment
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This ligament is ruptured in certain severe cases of dislocation of the hip.
Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of the heart.
Some of them were nearly as hard as ligament, and many an inch in length.
The hinge has small teeth or none, and the ligament, which is long, is internal.
The hinges have two teeth; the ligament is elongated and external.
British Dictionary definitions for ligament
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
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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Related formslig′a•men′tal (-mĕn′tl) null adj.
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.
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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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