Meaning of ligament in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɪɡəm(ə)nt/

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  • 1Anatomy
    A short band of tough, flexible fibrous connective tissue which connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint.

    ‘There were whispers that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.’
    • ‘He has had one surgery, to repair a torn ankle ligament during his first pro year.’
    • ‘Then, if necessary, the lateral ankle ligaments were repaired.’
    • ‘Injury to the medial collateral ligament is fairly common and is usually the result of acute trauma.’
    • ‘At the inguinal ligament, the external iliac artery becomes the common femoral artery.’
    1. 1.1A membranous fold that supports an organ and keeps it in position.
      ‘In the second trimester, the muscles and ligaments that support your uterus stretch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Generally, it is found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and ligaments supporting the uterus, although it can occur in a number of different locations.’
    2. 1.2 archaic A thing which unites people or things; a bond.


Late Middle English from Latin ligamentum ‘bond’, from ligare ‘to bind’.