One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A short band of tough, flexible fibrous connective tissue which connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint.
- ‘At the inguinal ligament, the external iliac artery becomes the common femoral artery.’
- ‘Then, if necessary, the lateral ankle ligaments were repaired.’
- ‘There were whispers that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.’
- ‘Injury to the medial collateral ligament is fairly common and is usually the result of acute trauma.’
- ‘He has had one surgery, to repair a torn ankle ligament during his first pro year.’
- 1.1 A membranous fold that supports an organ and keeps it in position.
- ‘Halfway down the larynx the paired vocal folds (commonly known as the vocal cords), formed by ligaments covered with mucous membrane, project inwards from its wall.’
- ‘In the second trimester, the muscles and ligaments that support your uterus stretch.’
- ‘Generally, it is found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments supporting the uterus, although it can occur in a number of different locations.’
- 1.2archaic A thing which unites people or things; a bond.
Late Middle English: from Latin ligamentum ‘bond’, from ligare ‘to bind’.
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