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.
Recent Examples on the Web Bricks and Mortar didn’t race for more than a year because of a ligament problem that required complicated surgery. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Bricks and Mortar pulls off an Eclipse Awards sweep," 24 Jan. 2020 Each of the feathers is connected by an elastic ligament to provide connectivity. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What This PigeonBot Tells Us About the Future of Flight," 21 Jan. 2020 Halvorsen suffered a skull fracture, tibia fracture, and complete tears of two ligaments in her left knee. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Hannah Halvorsen had big plans for the ski season. Getting hit by a car changed them.," 20 Jan. 2020 Embiid has been diagnosed with a torn radial collateral ligament of the fourth metatarsal in his left hand and there is no timetable for his return. Ky Carlin, Sixers Wire, "Sixers’ Joel Embiid diagnosed with torn ligament in left hand," 9 Jan. 2020 This is why skiers who use knee rotation to turn their bodies often injure these ligaments. Vivien Shaw, Quartz, "Scientists want to rewrite the evolution of walking—but should they?," 14 Dec. 2019 Those plans changed when Murray went down in the team’s third preseason game with a torn knee ligament. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Derrick White’s summer abroad could pay dividends for Spurs’ bench," 5 Oct. 2019 Mahan-Mesa is out for the season with a torn knee ligament and Davis was out for just one match. Burbank Leader, "Providence girls’ volleyball suffers league sweep against Pasadena Poly," 17 Sep. 2019 The most concerning injury involving the ankle, according to Youmans, is when the fibula is broken and the inside ligament tears or there is a break in both the fibula and the tibia. Matt Murschel,, "UCF QB Darriel Mack Jr. may not miss 2019 season, but broken ankle recovery can be a challenge," 13 July 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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The first known use of ligament was in the 14th century

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28 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ligament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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