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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Other Words from ligament

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

Examples of ligament in a Sentence

He sprained ligaments in his knee.

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Star Megan Rapinoe tore a ligament in her right knee during training in Hawaii in 2015, while the team was on a victory tour after winning the Women's World Cup. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "These stats show how the USWNT leads in soccer -- and how far it lags in compensation," 8 July 2019 Vetearn Seimone Augustus has yet to play this season because of recent knee surgery, and forward Jessica Shepard is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament during an 89-85 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on June 8. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "With injuries mounting, Lynx bring back former Gophers star Kenisha Bell," 2 July 2019 Infielder Alex Blandino, who underwent season-ending surgery last July to repair torn ligaments in his right knee, was expected to be activated from his rehab assignment and be optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Mark Schmetzer,, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Club no longer last in NL Central, thanks to Pittsburgh Pirates," 14 June 2019 The 22-year-old graduate was able to enjoy her wedding on her feet only two months after breaking both of her knees and tearing ligaments in both knees during the NCAA Regional Semifinal in Baton Rouge. Ashley Boucher,, "Gymnast Samantha Cerio Walks Down the Aisle After Breaking Both Knees in Horrific Injury," 7 June 2019 That means more stress on ligaments, joints, and muscles, which wear out. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Want Your Kid to Play Pro Soccer? Sign Her Up for Basketball," 28 June 2019 Orioles left-handed pitcher Josh Rogers is going to Dallas to get a second opinion on what the team has described as an ulnar collateral ligament strain in his pitching elbow. Giana Han,, "Orioles pitcher Josh Rogers going for second opinion about elbow injury," 26 June 2019 Having been out for most of the season with ligament related injuries, De Bruyne showed flashes of brilliance and managed to rack up seven goals and 11 assists., "FIFA 20: Every Manchester City Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 26 June 2019 Ryan then largely served as a scratch for the next three months until Simek suffered torn knee ligaments in a March 12 game against Winnipeg. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Sharks qualify RFAs Meier, Labanc, but let defenseman walk," 25 June 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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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


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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