verb (used with object), li·gat·ed, li·gat·ing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) to tie up or constrict (something) with a ligature
Derived Formsligation, nounligative (ˈlɪɡətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for ligate

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

ligate in Medicine




To tie or bind with a ligature.
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