ligand

noun
li·​gand | \ ˈli-gənd How to pronounce ligand (audio) , ˈlī- How to pronounce ligand (audio) \

Definition of ligand

: a group, ion, or molecule coordinated to a central atom or molecule in a complex

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Recent Examples on the Web Electron density maps revealed that the remdesivir metabolite GS-441524 was the only ligand that showed binding in the crystal structures. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 4 June 2021 One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2020 The uranium molecule complex is a coordination compound, meaning a metal center with ligands surrounding it. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ligand

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ligand

Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare

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“Ligand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligand. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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ligand

noun
li·​gand | \ ˈlig-ənd How to pronounce ligand (audio) , ˈlīg- How to pronounce ligand (audio) \

Medical Definition of ligand

: a group, ion, or molecule coordinated to a central atom or molecule in a complex

Other Words from ligand

liganded \ -​əd How to pronounce ligand (audio) \ adjective

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