LIG'AMENT, n. [L. ligamentum, from ligo, to bind, that is, to strain.] 1. Any thing that ties or unites one thing or part to another. Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts. 2. In anatomy, a strong, compact substance, serving to bind one bone to another. It is a white, solid inelastic, tendinous substance, softer than cartilage, but harder than membrane. 3. Bond; chain; that which binds or restrains.
nounEtymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ligamentum, from Latin, band, tie, from ligareDate: 14th century 1. a tough fibrous band of tissue connecting the articular extremities of bones or supporting an organ in place 2. a connecting or unifying bond <the law of nations, the great ligament of mankind — Edmund Burke> • ligamentousadjective
Tough fibrous band of connective tissue that supports internal organs and holds bones together properly in joints. It is composed of dense bundles of fibers and spindle-shaped cells (fibroblasts), with little ground substance. White ligament is rich in sturdy, inelastic collagen fibers; yellow ligament is rich in tough elastic fibers, which allow more movement. See also tendon.
n. 1 Anat. a a short band of tough flexible fibrous connective tissue linking bones together. b any membranous fold keeping an organ in position. 2 archaic a bond of union. Derivatives: ligamental adj. ligamentary adj. ligamentous adj. Etymology: ME f. L ligamentum bond f. ligare bind
Ligament Lig"a*ment (l[i^]g"[.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.