ligation

noun

li·​ga·​tion lī-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce ligation (audio)
1
: an act of ligating
2
: something that binds : ligature

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This includes a technique developed more than a decade ago called seamless ligation of nucleic acids, or Slice, which uses bacterial enzymes to join DNA fragments. WIRED, 1 Nov. 2022 Tubal ligation and bilateral salpingectomy are surgical procedures (typically outpatient) that will require general anesthesia. Lane Gillespie, SELF, 29 Sep. 2022 Tubal ligation, also known as tube tying, is a medical procedure that involves the tying or snipping of fallopian tubes as a means to stop pregnancy, according to the CDC. Fox News, 30 Aug. 2022 Tubal ligation is permanent, and cannot always be reversed. Julie Washington, cleveland, 11 July 2022 This shifting gender pattern resulted from a rising concern about the fitness to parent, with a focus on mothering, as well as the development of a safer, standardized tubal-ligation procedure for sterilizing women. New York Times, 8 June 2022 The ligation does not contend that officers could or should have known the details about LeRoux’s past. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Tubal ligation is permanent, Jessica Shepherd, MD, an OBGYN in Texas and Chief Medical Officer of Verywell Health, told Health. Korin Miller, Health.com, 1 Mar. 2022 Some of the devices use a ligation method with small rubber bands to cut off a skin tag’s blood supply. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ligation was in 1597

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Cite this Entry

“Ligation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ligation

noun
li·​ga·​tion lī-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce ligation (audio)
: the act of tying a bodily part (as a blood vessel) with a ligature

Medical Definition

ligation

noun
li·​ga·​tion lī-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce ligation (audio)
1
a
: the surgical process of tying up an anatomical channel (as a blood vessel)
b
: the process of joining together chemical chains (as of DNA or protein)
2
: something that binds : ligature
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