1. Anatomy A sheet or band of tough, fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages at a joint or supporting an organ.
2. A unifying or connecting tie or bond.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin ligāmentum, from Latin, bandage, from ligāre, to bind; see LIEN.]
lig′a·mental (-mĕntl), lig′a·menta·ry (-mĕntə-rē, -mĕntrē), lig′a·mentous adj.
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