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

Definition of ligate

transitive verb

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

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

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First Known Use of ligate

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ligate

Latin ligatus

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“Ligate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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li·​gate | \ ˈlī-ˌgāt, lī-ˈ How to pronounce ligate (audio) \
ligated; ligating

Medical Definition of ligate

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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