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ligation

[lahy-gey-shuh n] /laɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of ligating, especially of surgically tying up a bleeding artery.
2.
anything that binds or ties up; ligature.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Late Latin ligātiōn- (stem of ligātiō), equivalent to Latin ligāt(us) (see ligate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ligative
[lig-uh-tiv] /ˈlɪg ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Word Origin and History for ligative

ligation

n.

1590s, from Middle French ligation, from Late Latin ligationem (nominative ligatio), noun of action from past participle stem of ligare "to bind" (see ligament).

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ligative in Medicine

ligation li·ga·tion (lī-gā'shən)
n.

  1. The act of binding or of applying a ligature.

  2. The state of being bound.

  3. Something that binds; a ligature.

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