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.

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Kerri Strug landed her final vault on a torn ligament — and carried the U.S. gymnasts to Olympic Gold — 19 years ago. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "30 Things That Will Make You Feel Old," 30 June 2015 Tottenham is definitely without top striker Harry Kane due to ligament damage in his left ankle and midfielder Dele Alli due to a hamstring problem. Ciaran Fahey, The Seattle Times, "Real Madrid enjoying winning run as Champions League returns," 10 Feb. 2019 Blake Wood is scheduled to have season-ending surgery to repair ligament damage in his elbow Wednesday., "WR Brandon Marshall catches on with Seahawks," 30 May 2018 Even with torn ligaments, which happens in every dislocation, the pinky would be fine with tape and support. Profootballdoc,, "Location of likely finger dislocation key to how effective Tom Brady will be in AFC title game," 18 Jan. 2018 Thomas was traded from Denver in October after Will Fuller tore a knee ligament. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "Texans look to bright future with Watson after playoff exit," 6 Jan. 2019 Comeback player of the year: Neumann Goretti’s Joe LaFiora Neumann-Goretti’s Joe LaFiora suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm early last season and underwent Tommy John surgery. Rick O'brien,, "Pa. baseball season in review: Marple Newtown has historic season," 16 June 2018 Perez suffered a torn ligament in his knee and will be out four to six weeks. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "'Salvy' and 'luggage' trended on Twitter in KC as Royals fans offered to help Perez | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018 He was sent to New York and had an MRI that revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: Wilson Ramos, Mets agree to $19M, 2-year deal," 16 Dec. 2018

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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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