Part of speech: noun

A fibrous band which binds related structures, as bones, together; a bond of union.

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Usage examples "ligament":

  1. Then traction is made on the head by means of hooks in the orbits, and the hand, armed with an embryotomy knife, is introduced to cut through the tense resisting ligament, and muscles above the bones. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  2. He went to the front of the stage, bowed, and announced that his acrobat had accidentally sprained a ligament, and that the artist who had just played the part of Georges would take his place. - "San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams", Charles Paul de Kock.
  3. The knee- cap, for instance, which really belongs to the thigh, is attached to it by muscle, but to the shin- bone by a stout ligament. - "The Eye of Osiris", R. Austin Freeman.