Definition of religate in US English:



  • 1To ligate (a blood vessel or other structure) again.

  • 2with object To bind again; to constrain; to bind to something.

  • 3with object And without object. To rejoin (nucleic acid fragments) after cleavage of a whole molecule.

  • 4no object To undergo religation of nucleic acid or protein fragments.


Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). Partly from classical Latin religāt-, past participial stem of religāre to tie up or back, to restrain, bind fast, to make fast, secure, in post-classical Latin also to gather (people), and partly independently from re- + ligate (although the latter is first attested slightly later).