Part of speech: noun

Anything that serves for tying or connecting.

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Usage examples "ligature":

  1. To what purpose would he proceed to apply the ligature? - "Shirley", Charlotte Brontë.
  2. Neither a natural ligature nor a spiritual one holds the union together, and it is not a natural, not a spiritual league. - "The Ego and His Own", Max Stirner.
  3. If either of these vessels require a ligature in this region of the arm, the operation may be performed with little trouble, as a simple incision over the track of the vessels, through the skin and the fascia, will readily expose each. - "Surgical Anatomy", Joseph Maclise.