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 Fluid retention Hormones such as relaxin that cause your ligaments to loosen Pressure from your growing uterus and compressed organs Weight gain All of this pressure, loosening of ligaments, excess weight, and fluid retention can put a real strain on your body. ​wendy Wisner, Parents, 3 July 2024 Essentially, the design functions like skin ligaments, which lie below the external skin tissue in animals, giving it strength and structure. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 June 2024 Flexibility, or the ability to stretch ligaments, muscles, and tendons, can impact mobility. Mallory Creveling, Health, 19 June 2024 Working back from a torn ligament in his left thumb, Alvarez was set to catch seven innings in a rehab game Saturday night with Double-A Binghamton and then play again Sunday, Mendoza said. Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for ligament 

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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 17 Jul. 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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