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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Examples of ligand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One common example of a ligand is found in siderophores, chemical compounds that bacteria secrete to break down iron particles. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 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, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 3 Jan. 2020 The uranium molecule complex is a coordination compound, meaning a metal center with ligands surrounding it. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We Don't Need to Be Afraid of Depleted Uranium," 13 Jan. 2020 Geoff Cloke, Richard Layfield, and Nikolaos Tsoureas combined depleted uranium with octatriynyl and a ligand into a complex called uranium III. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We Don't Need to Be Afraid of Depleted Uranium," 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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The first known use of ligand was in 1949

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23 Oct 2020

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“Ligand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligand. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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 liganded (audio) \ adjective

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