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
ligamentousplay \ˌli-gə-ˈmen-təs\ adjective
Examples of ligament in a Sentence
He sprained ligaments in his knee.
Recent Examples of ligament from the Web
The injury a year ago involved a ligament, while the current one involves a muscle.
Giovani Bernard, a 2013 second-round selection who received a $15 million contract extension before last season, is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and should be back after the start of the season.
Doctors have told Orr that the strength of the tendons and ligaments should protect his C1 vertebra (which is only 80 percent formed), and that’s why Orr was able to get the green light to play.
Sumner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January, which ended his redshirt sophomore season at Xavier.
Former first-round picks Jabari Parker and Dante Exum, Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, in 2014, tore the same ligament twice.
Updike fell negotiating the water jump at the Portland Track Festival and suffered a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
LSU moved Hess to the bullpen in early April at around the time that experienced reliever Doug Norman suffered an elbow ligament injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Angelina Altishin, who played Little Egypt, tore her anterior cruciate ligament.
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Origin and Etymology of ligament
Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ligamentum, from Latin, band, tie, from ligare
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
LIGAMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ligament for English Language Learners
: a tough piece of tissue in your body that holds bones together or keeps an organ in place
LIGAMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of ligament for Students
: a tough band of tissue that holds bones together or keeps an organ in place in the body
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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