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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How to use ligament in a sentence
Our tendons, ligaments, and muscles are happiest when they’re gliding, contracting, and relaxing in healthy patterns.
In a second version of the simulation, the team virtually rejoined the two pieces of the prearticular with bone rather than ligaments.T. rex’s incredible biting force came from its stiff lower jaw | Sid Perkins | May 7, 2021 | Science News
It may be tempting to see hormonal contraceptives as a ligament protector, since they suppress the highest peaks in estrogen.
She fractured multiple vertebrae in her back, cracked ribs, and broke both feet, in addition to severely tearing a ligament in her right foot.
That stress creates microtraumas as muscles, ligaments, and tendons all start to stretch or compress in ways they are not supposed to, he explains.The best way to prevent arm pain from using your phone too much | Hannah Seo | March 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
That night Gasol hobbled off his home court with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Weeks later, doctors reexamined the shoulder and found a partial ligament tear, she said.
Daniel Webster said justice is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
That action puts a stress in the anterior cruciate ligament.
A ceratohyal then is attached posteriorly to the hypohyal and a stylohyal ligament is attached to each ceratohyal posteriorly.Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks | John A. White
His eyes shone, his chin was thrust forward, every ligament in his body was strung taut.The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
If the ligament of a gaping bivalve should become dry and stiff, it can be softened by putting it in water.
When bivalves gape on dying in water, or if the ligament be broken, the valves should be closed and tied together.
Care should be taken not to injure the edge or lip of the mouth of univalves, or the ligament of the hinge of bivalves.
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
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Scientific 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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Cultural definitions for ligament
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