[ lig-uh-cher, -choo r ]
/ ˈlɪg ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /


verb (used with object), lig·a·tured, lig·a·tur·ing.

to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.

Origin of ligature

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

Related forms

un·lig·a·tured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ligature


/ (ˈlɪɡətʃə, -ˌtʃʊə) /



(tr) to bind with a ligature; ligate

Word Origin for ligature

C14: from Late Latin ligātūra, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind
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Medicine definitions for ligature


[ lĭgə-chur′, -chər ]


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.

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