- to bind with or as if with a ligature; tie up (a bleeding artery or the like).
Origin of ligate
1590–1600; < Latin ligātus (past participle of ligāre to tie, bind); see -ate1
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Examples from the Web for ligate
I know there are professors in this country who "ligate" arteries.Medical Essays
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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.
- (tr) to tie up or constrict (something) with a ligature
C16: from Latin ligātus, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for ligate
1590s, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Related: Ligated; ligating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To tie or bind with a ligature.
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