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ligature

[ lig-uh-cher, -choor ]
/ ˈlɪg ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /
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noun
verb (used with object), lig·a·tured, lig·a·tur·ing.
to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.
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Origin of ligature

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word ligātūra. See ligate, -ure

OTHER WORDS FROM ligature

un·lig·a·tured, adjective

Words nearby ligature

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British Dictionary definitions for ligature

ligature
/ (ˈlɪɡətʃə, -ˌtʃʊə) /

noun
verb
(tr) to bind with a ligature; ligate

Word Origin for ligature

C14: from Late Latin ligātūra, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for ligature

ligature
[ lĭgə-chur′, -chər ]

n.
The act of tying or binding.
A cord, wire, or bandage used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.
A thread, wire, or cord used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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