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

Other Words from ligament

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

Examples of ligament in a Sentence

He sprained ligaments in his knee.
Recent Examples on the Web The operation repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb. Creg Stephenson |, al, 25 June 2022 Jobe still strongly suspected a rupture of the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow. Lee Igel, Forbes, 1 June 2022 As much as Tommy John surgeries – reconstructing the ulnar collateral ligament in an elbow – have become common among pitchers, the list of pitchers who have successfully returned from a second Tommy John surgery is small. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 31 Mar. 2022 Buehler probably will be out until at least late August with a strained ligament in his pitching elbow. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 Gillespie missed this tournament and the NCAAs last season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Dan Gelston, ajc, 13 Mar. 2022 Zach LaVine scored 25 points against the Knicks despite playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb . . ., 29 Oct. 2021 Jacoby Brissett took over starting duties in Week 3, but tore a ligament in his thumb during the game. Cale Clinton, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 Curry, who sprained a ligament in his left foot and sustained a bone bruise March 16 against Boston, returned to practice Wednesday and participated in Thursday’s 5-on-5 scrimmage. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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


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

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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