li·​ga·​tion | \ lī-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce ligation (audio) \

Definition of ligation

1 : an act of ligating
2 : something that binds : ligature

Examples of ligation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to her Uighur doctor, her fallopian tubes were cut in the resulting tubal-ligation procedure, making her sterilization irreversible — a common experience for Xinjiang’s minorities. Olivia Enos, National Review, "China’s Horrifying War on Uighur Women," 2 Sep. 2020 Besides his kidney failure, he was diagnosed with periventricular leukamalacia (PVL), Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and a PDA ligation (Patent Ductus Arteriosus). Maryann Pisano,, "Teen awaiting kidney transplant gets boost from Unity in Community," 16 Sep. 2019 Around two months later, Perry was involved in another incident resulting in still-pending ligation. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 2019 But the court documents don’t say whether the potential civil ligation could involve the actress and her husband suing USC, or the school suing them, the Los Angeles Times reported. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Could Lori Loughlin sue USC? Prosecutors and USC hint at potential litigation," 7 June 2019 Tubal ligation, the surgical sterilization surgery for women, can be done with a minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Marie Mccullough,, "Consumer Reports alerts women to risks of Essure sterilization device," 17 Aug. 2017 The company compared this to a long-term study of 10,000 women who elected tubal ligations, which found a rate of pregnancy of 5.5 per 1,000 for the first year. Jennifer Block,, "This permanent contraceptive device was welcomed as a breakthrough - why are so many women speaking out against it?," 26 July 2017 One of the most popular treatments is rubber band ligation, which can be done in a doctor's office with no bowel prep or anesthesia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Hemorrhoids: Dangers, treatments and prevention," 4 July 2017 Madrigal v. Quilligan revolved around two fundamental questions: Did obstetricians at County Hospital perform tubal ligations on their patients without proper consent? Marcela Valdes, New York Times, "When Doctors Took ‘Family Planning’ Into Their Own Hands," 1 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of ligation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Sep 2020

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“Ligation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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li·​ga·​tion | \ lī-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce ligation (audio) \

Medical Definition of ligation

1a : 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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