verb (used with object), li·gat·ed, li·gat·ing.
Origin of ligate
Examples from the Web for ligate
Historical Examples of ligate
I know there are professors in this country who "ligate" arteries.Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Medical authorities tell him to do coeliotomy at once, ligate the uterine and ovarian arteries, and remove the foetus.Essays In Pastoral Medicine
If the bleeding cannot otherwise be arrested it may be necessary to ligate the external carotid artery.
If profuse hæmorrhage occurs it may be necessary to ligate the main artery lower in the neck.
Word Origin for ligate
1590s, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Related: Ligated; ligating.