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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: ligamentum, from ligare 'to tie'

ligament

noun
     
Related topics: Biology, Human
lig‧a‧ment [countable]
HB a band of strong material in your body, similar to muscle, that joins bones or holds an organ in its place [↪ tendon]:
He tore a ligament in his left knee.
damaged ankle ligaments

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