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 Tubal ligation is among the most common forms of permanent birth control in the U.S. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2021 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, 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,, 16 Sep. 2019 Around two months later, Perry was involved in another incident resulting in still-pending ligation. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, 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, 7 June 2019 Tubal ligation, the surgical sterilization surgery for women, can be done with a minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Marie Mccullough,, 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,, 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, 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of ligation

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ligation was in 1597

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“Ligation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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