li·​ga·​tion | \ lī-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of ligation

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

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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 During that tubal pregnancy, Lila very nearly lost her own life in the process — her right fallopian tube ruptured and she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency ligation surgery. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Mom's Reaction to Holding Her Rainbow Baby Is Beyond Powerful," 19 Apr. 2017 In December, Yoda made veterinary history by undergoing life-saving Patent Ductus Arteriosus ligation. American Heart Association News, Country Living, "This Sheep Just Became the First in History to Get Heart Surgery," 24 Jan. 2017

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1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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li·​ga·​tion | \ lī-ˈgā-shən \

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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