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[lahy-gey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of ligating, especially of surgically tying up a bleeding artery.
  2. anything that binds or ties up; ligature.
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Origin of ligation

1590–1600; < Late Latin ligātiōn- (stem of ligātiō), equivalent to Latin ligāt(us) (see ligate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formslig·a·tive [lig-uh-tiv] /ˈlɪg ə tɪv/, adjective
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Related Words for ligation

network, relationship, hookup, element, contact, channel, tie, association, knot, nexus, hitch, seam, in, ring, section, ligature, connective, member, interconnection, attachment

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Word Origin and History for ligation


1590s, from Middle French ligation, from Late Latin ligationem (nominative ligatio), noun of action from past participle stem of ligare "to bind" (see ligament).

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ligation in Medicine


  1. The act of binding or of applying a ligature.
  2. The state of being bound.
  3. Something that binds; a ligature.
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