ligand

[lahy-guh nd, lig-uh nd]
noun
  1. Biochemistry. a molecule, as an antibody, hormone, or drug, that binds to a receptor.
  2. Chemistry. a molecule, ion, or atom that is bonded to the central metal atom of a coordination compound.

Origin of ligand

1945–50; < Latin ligandus, gerund of ligāre to bind, tie
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British Dictionary definitions for ligand

ligand

noun
  1. chem an atom, molecule, radical, or ion forming a complex with a central atom

Word Origin for ligand

C20: from Latin ligandum, gerund of ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for ligand
n.

1952, from Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare "to bind" (see ligament).

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ligand in Medicine

ligand

[līgənd, lĭgənd]
n.
  1. An ion, a molecule, or a molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
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