One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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).
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