- 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
Related Wordsscrew, tangle, network, relationship, hookup, element, contact, channel, tie, association, connection, link, hamstring, sinew, tissue, ligament, nexus, contortion, twist, whorl
Examples from the Web for ligament
Daniel Webster said justice is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.My Family's Lockerbie Rage
August 6, 2010
This ligament is ruptured in certain severe cases of dislocation of the hip.The Legacy of Greece
Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of the heart.Pearls of Thought
Maturin M. Ballou
Some of them were nearly as hard as ligament, and many an inch in length.Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart
John Collins Warren
The hinge has small teeth or none, and the ligament, which is long, is internal.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
The hinges have two teeth; the ligament is elongated and external.The Ocean World:
- 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 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.
- 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.
- A sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue that connects two bones or holds an organ of the body in place.