ligand

noun

li·​gand ˈli-gənd How to pronounce ligand (audio) ˈlī- How to pronounce ligand (audio)
: a group, ion, or molecule coordinated to a central atom or molecule in a complex

Examples of ligand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The newest version of the software can predict not only the shape of proteins, but also the structures of DNA, RNA and other molecules, such as ligands. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 AlphaFold 3 goes beyond that and can model DNA, RNA, and smaller molecules called ligands, expanding the model’s capability for scientific use. Emilia David, The Verge, 8 May 2024 For example, in their analysis in Nature, the Google team found that their tool is about 76% accurate in predicting structures of proteins interacting with small molecules called ligands, compared to about 42% accuracy for RoseTTAFold All-Atom and 52% for the best alternative tools out there. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 8 May 2024 Nor could AlphaFold 2 predict protein interactions with other kinds of molecules, such as DNA, RNA, ligands, and ions, that are found inside living things. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 8 May 2024 At the intersection, the ligand between society and art is the medium of photography. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 20 Mar. 2024 These opioid receptors when stimulated and/or inhibited by the body's natural ligands have been known to be involved in the body's itch circuitry. Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The palladium can link up with four ligands at a time, which can link up with other palladium-ligand groups to form the cage-like structures; the more palladium atoms in the mix, the bigger the cages. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2018 The palladium can link up with four ligands at a time, which can link up with other palladium-ligand groups to form the cage-like structures; the more palladium atoms in the mix, the bigger the cages. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ligand was in 1949

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“Ligand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligand. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

ligand

noun
li·​gand ˈlig-ənd How to pronounce ligand (audio) ˈlīg- How to pronounce ligand (audio)
: a group, ion, or molecule coordinated to a central atom or molecule in a complex
liganded adjective

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