lig·​a·​ment | \ ˈli-gə-mənt How to pronounce ligament (audio) \

Definition of ligament

1 : a tough fibrous band of tissue connecting the articular extremities of bones or supporting an organ in place
2 : a connecting or unifying bond the law of nations, the great ligament of mankind— Edmund Burke

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ligamentous \ ˌli-​gə-​ˈmen-​təs How to pronounce ligamentous (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ligament in a Sentence

He sprained ligaments in his knee.
Recent Examples on the Web In the process, Milwaukee also lost starter Ben Sheets, who had been a workhorse during the season, to a torn elbow ligament. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Ryan Braun sends Brewers back to playoffs after 26 years," 11 May 2020 March 21, 2020 Four years ago, O’Bannon was told his career as an elite basketball player was through, his All-American and NBA aspirations ended by a torn knee ligament. Mike Penner, Los Angeles Times, "Ed O’Bannon overcame injury and adversity to lead UCLA to 1995 NCAA title," 6 Apr. 2020 His last injury was a torn foot ligament in 2018 against Maryland. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota S: 2020 NFL Draft profile," 10 Mar. 2020 Joel Embiid returned to the Philadelphia 76ers’ lineup three weeks after surgery on a torn ligament in a finger in his left hand. Name Goeshere,, "Dusty Baker close to landing Astros’ manager job," 28 Jan. 2020 Green endured a torn ligament in the finger during the first half of the Warriors’ Nov. 1 loss to San Antonio and spent the rest of the game trying to use only his right hand. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors Draymond Green expects to return Monday after missing five games," 11 Nov. 2019 Oxlade-Chamberlain famously missed a whole year with a ruptured knee ligament during Liverpool's 2017/18 Champions League semi-final with Roma., "Liverpool Coach Outlines Plan for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain After Bouncing Back From 'Very Sad Story'," 30 Oct. 2019 Brees suffered a torn ligament in his right thumb in Week 2 and underwent surgery. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Brees lights up Cardinals secondary, shows no signs of injury," 27 Oct. 2019 Garrett put a hit on Jets QB Trevor Siemian that knocked him out for the season with torn ligaments in his ankle. Mary Kay Cabot,, "OBJ: Aaron Donald probably NFL’s best player, but Myles Garrett can be NFL DPOY," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ligament

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ligament

Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ligamentum, from Latin, band, tie, from ligare

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The first known use of ligament was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ligament

: a tough piece of tissue in your body that holds bones together or keeps an organ in place


lig·​a·​ment | \ ˈli-gə-mənt How to pronounce ligament (audio) \

Kids Definition of ligament

: a tough band of tissue that holds bones together or keeps an organ in place in the body


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Medical Definition of ligament

1 : a tough band of tissue that serves to connect the articular extremities of bones or to support or retain an organ in place and is usually composed of coarse bundles of dense white fibrous tissue parallel or closely interlaced, pliant, and flexible, but not extensible
2 : any of various folds or bands of pleura, peritoneum, or mesentery connecting parts or organs

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