[ lahy-gey-shuh n ]
/ laɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


the act of ligating, especially of surgically tying up a bleeding artery.
anything that binds or ties up; ligature.

Origin of ligation

1590–1600; < Late Latin ligātiōn- (stem of ligātiō), equivalent to Latin ligāt(us) (see ligate) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

lig·a·tive [lig-uh-tiv] /ˈlɪg ə tɪv/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Medicine definitions for ligation


[ lī-gāshən ]


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