ligature

noun
lig·​a·​ture | \ ˈli-gə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce ligature (audio) , -chər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r \

Definition of ligature

1a : something that is used to bind specifically : a filament (such as a thread) used in surgery
b : something that unites or connects : bond having no ligature of race or family affection to bind them together— Horace Bushnell
2 : the action of binding or tying the ligature of an artery
3 : a compound note in mensural notation indicating a group of musical notes to be sung to one syllable
4 : a printed or written character (such as æ or ff) consisting of two or more letters or characters joined together

Examples of ligature in a Sentence

the surgeon tied a ligature around the tube to keep it in place a common language is often the ligature that unites the people of a nation
Recent Examples on the Web Loja’s three children, Junior Panjon, 12, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Jonael Panjon, 5, were killed by homicide by ligature strangulation. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 29 July 2022 The hair found in the ligature was consistent with Branch's stepfather, Terry Hobbs, while the hair found on the tree stump was consistent with the DNA of a friend of Hobbs', according to the documents. Steve Almasy, CNN, 23 June 2022 Police believe Diaz Johnston was strangled with a ligature and his body was wrapped in bed linens and dumped in the trash at his home, the probable cause section of search warrants in the case indicate. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Charging documents against Williams said Kamarie died by asphyxiation from a ligature. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 7 Mar. 2022 Charging documents against Williams said Kamarie died by asphyxiation from a ligature. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 7 Mar. 2022 Charging documents against Williams said Kamarie died by asphyxiation from a ligature. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 7 Mar. 2022 She was found had bruises on her face, arm, thigh, ligature marks on her wrists and ankles and burns on parts of her body. Fox News, 9 Mar. 2022 Charging documents against Williams said Kamarie died by asphyxiation from a ligature. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ligature

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ligature

Middle English, from Late Latin ligatura, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare to bind, tie; akin to Albanian lidh I tie

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5 Aug 2022

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“Ligature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligature. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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ligature

noun
lig·​a·​ture | \ ˈlig-ə-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r How to pronounce ligature (audio) \

Medical Definition of ligature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is used to bind specifically : a filament (as a thread) used in surgery (as for tying blood vessels)
2 : the action or result of binding or tying the ligature of an artery

ligature

transitive verb
ligatured; ligaturing

Medical Definition of ligature (Entry 2 of 2)

: to tie up or bind ligaturing the blood vesselsVeterinary Record

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