ligate

verb li·gate \ ˈlī-ˌgāt , lī-ˈgāt \

Definition of ligate

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

Origin and Etymology of ligate

Latin ligatus


Medical Dictionary

ligate

transitive verb li·gate \ ˈlī-ˌgāt, lī-ˈ \

medical Definition of ligate

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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