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ligand

[ lahy-guhnd, lig-uhnd ]
/ ˈlaɪ gənd, ˈlɪg ənd /
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noun
Biochemistry. a molecule, as an antibody, hormone, or drug, that binds to a receptor.
Chemistry. a molecule, ion, or atom that is bonded to the central metal atom of a coordination compound.
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Origin of ligand

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

ligand
/ (ˈlɪɡənd, ˈlaɪ-) /

noun
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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Medical definitions for ligand

ligand
[ līgənd, lĭgənd ]

n.
An ion, a molecule, or a molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
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