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  1. a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any connection or unifying bond Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bandage; a bond. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A tough band or plate of dense, fibrous, connective tissue or fibrocartilage serving to unite bones or form joints. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Shiny, flexible bands of fibrous tissue connecting together articular extremities of bones. They are pliant, tough, and inextensile. Medical Dictionary DB
  7. A strong elastic tissue connecting the ends of movable bones, or holding in place an organ of the body; a bond or tie. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. 1. A band or sheet of fibrous tissue connecting two or more bones, cartilages, or other structures, or serving as support for fasciae or muscles. 2. A fold of thickened peritoneum supporting any of the abdominal viscera. 3. Any structure resembling a ligament though not performing the function of such. 4. The remains of a fetal artery or other structure. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  9. Fibrous sheet of tissue fastening parts to each other. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  10. Anything that binds: (anat.) the membrane connecting the movable bones: a bond of union. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Anything that binds; fibrous tissue connecting movable bones. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A fibrous band which binds related structures, as bones, together; a bond of union. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Anything that binds; a strong compact substance, binding one bone to another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Anything which ties or unites; the strong fibrous substance which connects the ends of the movable bones. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. A strong fibrous band of tissue connecting two or more moveable bones. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  16. [Latin] A strong fibrous band of tissue connecting two or more moveable bones. na
  17. lig'a-ment, n. anything that binds: (anat.) the membrane connecting the movable bones: a bond of union.--adjs. LIGAMENT'AL, LIGAMENT'OUS, composing or resembling a ligament.--ns. LIG[=A]'TION, act of binding: state of being bound; LIG'ATURE, anything that binds: a bandage: (mus.) a line connecting notes: (print.) a type of two letters: (med.) a cord for tying the blood-vessels, &c.: impotence produced by magic.--adj. LIG'ATURED, bound by a ligature. [Fr.,--L. ligamentum--lig[=a]re, to bind.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. A name given to fibrous structures, which serve to unite bones, and to form articulations; hence the division into interosseous and articular ligaments. They are of a white, close texture; are but little extensible, and difficult to break. The name ligament has, also, been given to any membranous fold, which retains an organ in its situation. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  19. Tie, bond of union, (archaic); (Anat.) short band of tough flexible fibrous tissue binding bones together, (loosely) any membranous fold keeping organ in position, similar part in lower organisms. Hence ligamental, ligamentary ligamentous, aa. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. A tough band connecting bones or supporting viscera. American pocket medical dictionary.
  21. Any strong, fibrous, compact tissue serving to bind or more or less closely connect one structure with another. The ligaments uniting the bones consist of a white, solid, inelastic substance. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  22. n. [Latin] Any thing that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bond;— a strong, compact substance, serving to bind one bone to another. Cabinet Dictionary

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