Lig"a*ment (?), n. [L. ligamentum, fr. ligare to bind; cf. f. ligament. Cf. Lien, n., Ligature.]

1.

Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bandage; a bond.

Hawthorne.

Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts. Washington.

2. Anat. (a)

A tough band or plate of dense, fibrous, connective tissue or fibrocartilage serving to unite bones or form joints.

(b)

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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