ligature

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noun lig·a·ture \ ˈli-gə-ˌchu̇r , -chər , -ˌtu̇r , -ˌtyu̇r \

Definition of ligature

1 a :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

  1. the surgeon tied a ligature around the tube to keep it in place

  2. a common language is often the ligature that unites the people of a nation

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Origin and Etymology of ligature

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


Medical Dictionary

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ligature

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noun lig·a·ture \ ˈlig-ə-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r \

medical Definition of ligature

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

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ligature

transitive verb

medical Definition of ligature

ligatured; ligaturing
:to tie up or bind
  • ligaturing the blood vessels
  • Veterinary Record


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