Definition of Ligature

1. Noun. (music) a group of notes connected by a slur.

Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Musical Phrase, Phrase

2. Noun. Character consisting of two or more letters combined into one.
Generic synonyms: Character, Grapheme, Graphic Symbol

3. Noun. A metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone.
Generic synonyms: Band

4. Noun. Thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood).
Generic synonyms: Thread, Yarn
Derivative terms: Ligate

5. Noun. Something used to tie or bind.
Exact synonyms: Binder
Generic synonyms: Ligament
Derivative terms: Bind

6. Noun. The act of tying or binding things together.
Exact synonyms: Tying
Generic synonyms: Attachment, Fastening
Specialized synonyms: Ligation
Derivative terms: Ligate, Tie, Tie

Definition of Ligature

1. n. The act of binding.

2. v. t. To ligate; to tie.

Definition of Ligature

1. Noun. The act of tying or binding something. ¹

2. Noun. A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct. ¹

3. Noun. (countable typography) A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as æ, œ, ß or ?; also logotype. Sometimes called a typographic ligature. ¹

4. Noun. (countable music) A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase. ¹

5. Noun. A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments. ¹

6. Verb. (surgery) To ligate; to tie. ¹

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Definition of Ligature

1. to ligate [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES] - See also: ligate

Medical Definition of Ligature

1. 1. The act of binding. 2. Anything that binds; a band or bandage. 3. A thread or string for tying the blood vessels, particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage. A thread or wire used to remove tumours, etc. 4. The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness; as, the ligature of a joint. 5. Impotence caused by magic or charms. 6. A curve or line connecting notes; a slur. 7. A double character, or a type consisting of two or more letters or characters united, as ae, To ligate; to tie. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ligature

ligase amplification reaction
ligating module
ligature (current term)
ligature point
ligature points
ligature wire

Literary usage of Ligature

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1890)
"The histories of twenty-one cases of goitre treated by ligature of the thyroid ... In colloid goitre a treatment by ligature is followed by distinct ..."

2. The Lancet (1842)
"THE ligature is alone to be trusted in bleeding from divided arteries; ... At the time when writers on surgery imagined that the ligature brought the inner ..."

3. The Science and Art of Surgery: A Treatise on Surgical Injuries, Diseases by John Eric Erichsen (1885)
"221-237 ARM, FOREARM, AND HAND—Rarity of Spontaneous Aneurism—Treatment— ligature of the Brachial Artery—ligature of Radial and Ulnar Arteries 237-241 ..."

4. The Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery by Daniel Drake, Lundsford Pitts Yandell (1841)
"ligature of the common carotid on either side does not stop the course of the ... He has convinced himself by his experiments, that beyond the ligature, ..."

5. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1874)
"Sir Henry Thompson describes the case of a woman whose right breast he has recently removed by means of an india-rubber ligature, and who has made an ..."

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