• WordNet 3.6
    • n ligament any connection or unifying bond
    • n ligament a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ligament (Anat) A band of connective tissue, or a membranous fold, which supports or retains an organ in place; as, the gastrophrenic ligament, connecting the diaphragm and stomach.
    • Ligament (Anat) A tough band or plate of dense, fibrous, connective tissue or fibrocartilage serving to unite bones or form joints.
    • Ligament Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bandage; a bond. "Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ligament A connecting tie or band; anything that binds objects or their parts together; any bond of union, material or immaterial.
    • n ligament Specifically— In anatomy, a band of connective tissue serving to bind one part to another. Most ligaments have a particular shape, site, and office, and consequently receive special names. See phrases following.
    • n ligament In conchology, a band of uncalcified chitinous cuticular substance which unites the valves of a bivalve shell. It is usually elastic, and so disposed that when the valves are closed it is either compressed or put upon the stretch, in either of which opposite cases it antagonizes the action of the adductor muscles and tends to divaricate the valves.
    • n ligament Of the uterus, the fold of peritoneum which extends from the uterus to the pelvis on either side.
    • n ligament Of the liver, the impervious cord formed by the umbilical vein, passing from the navel to the under surface of the liver.
    • n ligament Of the uterus, a rounded cord on each side between the layers of the broad ligament, passing from the upper part of the womb to the internal abdominal ring and thence through the inguinal canal to the labia majora, consisting of fibrous, areolar, and some muscular tissue, with vessels and nerves inclosed in a fold of peritoneum. It corresponds in part to the spermatic cord of the male.
    • n ligament Of the mammæ, processes of the superficial thoracic fascia entering and supporting these glands.
    • n ligament Of the penis, the fibrous attachment of the root of the organ to the symphysis pubis.
    • n ligament Of the spleen, a fold of peritoneum connecting the spleen with the diaphragm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ligament lig′a-ment anything that binds:
    • n Ligament lig′a-ment (anat.) the membrane connecting the movable bones: a bond of union
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ligamentum, fr. ligare, to bind; cf. f. ligament,. Cf. Lien (n.) Ligature
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ligamentumligāre, to bind.


In literature:

The ligaments by which the liver is suspended do not prevent its full obedience to these motions.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
It is the symbol of our strength, because the ligament of our Union.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
As for the articulations, they were hidden under too many ligaments; so they attacked the muscles.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The tortures of his trunk trip were still with him, in aching muscles and strained ligaments.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
What makes these muscles, ligaments, nerves, veins, arteries?
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
Ligaments, muscles, and other animal objects remain perfectly soft and movable.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
So long as the vagina retains its natural size and the ligaments are but two and a half inches long the organ will not be displaced.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Any muscle or ligament may be strained.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Bone is a similar part, that is, it is a simple part; so is an artery, or vein, or ligament.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
There are also other ligaments concerned in this same work, although the broad ligaments are most important.
"Treatise on the Diseases of Women" by Lydia E. Pinkham
No fracture, but the muscles and ligaments had been painfully torn.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
My recumbent position and ligaments made it difficult for me to recover my breath; I grew black in the face; I imagined I was dying.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
The natives of Southern Africa make great use of this ligament, which is carefully removed and dried.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Closely united to the stretching and relaxing of the vocal ligaments is the moving up and down of the larynx.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
The vocal ligaments in the adult male are, in a state of rest, about three-quarters of an inch long, and in the female about half an inch.
"The Mechanism of the Human Voice" by Emil Behnke
The ligaments are sometimes strained, stretched, or torn by a fall.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
Angela suffered at times severely from straining ligaments.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
There are also round ligaments from the back and front which hold it loosely in place.
"Almost a Woman" by Mary Wood-Allen
This is to say that its function is partially that of a ligament.
"Jaw Musculature of the Mourning and White-winged Doves" by Robert L. Merz
Why, the grooms wouldn't gallop if I was on the ground, for fear my bad luck might strain a sinew and slip a ligament!
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever

In news:

Kobe Bryant deserves some credit for playing all 25 Lakers games while his wrist ligament was torn and providing this Lakers season a shot at success.
He came into this season off ligament surgery to his left knee, an injury that cost him the final six games of the 2011 season.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the linebacker had surgery to repair a ligament.
Belmont champ Union Rags out for year with ligament injury.
Doctor Guy says multiple ligament tears are the ones that could sideline a player for a long time.
Broncos' Willis McGahee has torn knee ligament .
0 Willis McGahee is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a torn knee ligament .
But in the Fiesta Bowl, he tore all the ligaments in his left knee.
(AP) — Broncos running back Willis McGahee tore a ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
Broncos running back Willis McGahee tore a ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
Broncos Running Back Willis McGahee Suffers Torn Knee Ligament .
McGahee diagnosed with torn knee ligament .
Redskins WR Garcon has torn ligament on right foot.
Mets' Daniel Murphy won't require surgery to repair sprained knee ligament .
Yankees RHP Chamberlain has torn elbow ligament .

In science:

The falsetto voice is produced by the vibration of the ligamentous edges of the vocal folds, in whole or in part, and the main body of the fold is more or less relaxed.
Music in Terms of Science