ligate

verb

li·​gate ˈlī-ˌgāt How to pronounce ligate (audio)
lī-ˈgāt
ligated; ligating

transitive verb

1
: to tie with a ligature
2
: to join together (something, such as DNA or protein chains) by a chemical process

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine how your leg would function if all the branches of the femoral artery were ligated. WSJ, 11 July 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Latin ligatus

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ligate was in 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Ligate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligate. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

ligated; ligating
1
: to tie with a ligature
2
: to join together (as DNA or protein chains) by a chemical process
the DNA fragments were enzymatically ligated

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