ligament

noun

lig·​a·​ment ˈli-gə-mənt How to pronounce ligament (audio)
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 mankindEdmund Burke
ligamentous adjective

Examples of ligament in a Sentence

He sprained ligaments in his knee.
Recent Examples on the Web Ehler-Danlos syndrome is a group of genetic disorders that affect the body’s ability to form and use collagen and other proteins that serve as the building blocks for skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and more. Korin Miller, SELF, 1 Feb. 2024 Starter Brock Purdy got hit hard on San Francisco's opening drive and tore a ligament in his throwing elbow. Josh Dubow, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 Stafford missed one game during the middle of the regular season with a sprained ligament in his right thumb, before returning to lead the Rams on its late-season surge that helped them into the playoffs. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 15 Jan. 2024 Byrd, who provides electricity off the bench, was wearing the boot protecting what was described as turf toe a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint that can be both painful and lingering. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Connective tissue, like ligaments and tendons, surrounds the joints. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 This can place extra stress on the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the foot, ankle, shin, and even hip and knee, Dr. Busko adds, and lead to pain when walking or running. Kristine Thomason, SELF, 22 Jan. 2024 Speaking of injuries, last year’s NFC title game went off the rails once Brock Purdy’s elbow ligament got torn on his sixth play in Philadelphia. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 28 Jan. 2024 Good team The Wild got a boost on Monday when Jonas Brodin returned from a 17-game stint on the injured list because of ligament damage in his right hand. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ligament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligament. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

ligament

noun
lig·​a·​ment ˈlig-ə-mənt How to pronounce ligament (audio)
: a tough band of tissue that holds bones together or keeps an organ in place in the body
Etymology

Middle English ligament "connecting tissue, ligament," derived from Latin ligamentum "band, something used for tying," from ligare "to bind, tie" — related to ally

Medical Definition

ligament

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