Definition of Ligament

1. Noun. A sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs.

2. Noun. Any connection or unifying bond.
Generic synonyms: Attachment, Bond
Specialized synonyms: Binder, Ligature, Chain, Wire

Definition of Ligament

1. n. Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bandage; a bond.

Definition of Ligament

1. Noun. (anatomy) band of strong tissue that holds the bones of an animal in position ¹

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Definition of Ligament

1. a band of firm, fibrous tissue [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ligament

1. A band of fibrous tissue that connects bones or cartilages, serving to support and strengthen joints. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ligament

lifting agent
lifting device
lifting gas
lifts a finger
ligament (current term)
ligament of head of femur
ligament of left superior vena cava
ligament of left vena cava
ligamenta alaria
ligamenta annularia trachealia
ligamenta auricularia
ligamenta capitulorum transversa
ligamenta carpometacarpalia
ligamenta cruciata genus
ligamenta cuneometatarsalia interossea
ligamenta cuneonavicularia dorsalia

Literary usage of Ligament

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medical lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science, Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1866)
"ligament, COR'ONARY, OP THE LIV'ER, is a reflection formed by tho peritoneum, between the posterior margin of the liver, and the lower surface of the ..."

2. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1921)
"The round ligament on the right side at its midpoint is grasped with an Ellis clamp. Traction on the clamp puts the ligament on the stretch and in this way ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"It is placed in front of the middle fasciculus of the external lateral ligament of the ankle-joint, with the fibres of which it is parallel. ..."

4. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"External lateral ligament of the wrist joint Carpal joints Palmar ligaments of the ... ligament Great sacro-sciatic ligament Falciform process Small ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1856)
"In rotation outwards, however, the ligament is so much stretched as to be ... It must be granted that the ligament can be of use only in that position in ..."

6. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"... ligament as the principal etiological factor in the production of ... further, because of the action of this ligament, he believes that ..."

7. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1890)
"The capsular ligament of the hip-joint was left entire, ... It was found that the ligament was relaxed in all positions excepting in outward rotation with ..."

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