[ lig-uh-muhnt ]
/ ˈlɪg ə mənt /
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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.


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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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British Dictionary definitions for ligament

/ (ˈlɪɡəmənt) /

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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Medical definitions for ligament

[ lĭgə-mənt ]

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.

Other words from ligament

lig′a•mental (-mĕntl) null adj.
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Scientific definitions for ligament

[ lĭgə-mənt ]

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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Cultural definitions for ligament


A kind of fibrous connective tissue that binds bones or cartilage together.

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