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[lahy-geyt] /ˈlaɪ geɪt/
verb (used with object), ligated, ligating.
to bind with or as if with a ligature; tie up (a bleeding artery or the like).
Origin of ligate
1590-1600; < Latin ligātus (past participle of ligāre to tie, bind); see -ate1 Unabridged
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(transitive) to tie up or constrict (something) with a ligature
Derived Forms
ligation, noun
ligative (ˈlɪɡətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ligātus, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for ligate

1590s, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Related: Ligated; ligating.

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ligate in Medicine

ligate li·gate (lī'gāt')
v. li·gat·ed, li·gat·ing, li·gates
To tie or bind with a ligature.

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