Crossword clues for ligament
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ligament \Lig"a*ment\ (l[i^]g"[.a]*ment), n. [L. ligamentum, fr. ligare to bind; cf. f. ligament. Cf. Lien, n., Ligature.]
Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another; a bandage; a bond.
Interwoven is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts.
A tough band or plate of dense, fibrous, connective tissue or fibrocartilage serving to unite bones or form joints.
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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., from Latin ligamentum "band, tie, ligature," from ligare "to bind, tie," from PIE *leig- "to bind" (cognates: Albanian lith "I bind," Middle Low German lik "band," Middle High German geleich "joint, limb"). Related: Ligamental; ligamentary.
n. (context anatomy English) A band of strong tissue that connects bones to other bones.
n. a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs
any connection or unifying bond
Ligament can also refer to:
- Peritoneal ligament: a fold of peritoneum or other membranes.
- Fetal remnant ligament: the remnants of a fetal tubular structure.
- Periodontal ligament: a group of fibers that attach the cementum of teeth to the surrounding alveolar bone.
The study of ligaments is known as desmology (from Greek , desmos, "bond"; and , -logia).
Ligaments are similar to tendons and fasciae as they are all made of connective tissue. The differences in them are in the connections that they make: ligaments connect one bone to another bone, tendons connect muscle to bone, and fasciae connect muscles to other muscles. These are all found in the skeletal system of the human body. Ligaments cannot usually be regenerated naturally; however, there are periodontal ligament stem cells located near the periodontal ligament which are involved in the adult regeneration of periodontal ligament.
A hinge ligament is a crucial part of the anatomical structure of a bivalve shell, i.e. the shell of a bivalve mollusk. The shell of a bivalve has two valves and these are joined together by the ligament at the dorsal edge of the shell. The ligament is made of a strong, flexible and elastic, fibrous, proteinaceous material which is usually pale brown, dark brown or black in color.
In life, the shell needs to be able to open a little (to allow the foot and siphons to protrude) and then close again. As well as connecting the two bivalve shells together at the hinge line, the ligament also functions as a spring which automatically opens the valves when the adductor muscle or muscles (that close the valves) relax.
Usage examples of "ligament".
When that happens, the ciliary muscles contract, and this lessens the tension on the suspensory ligaments.
Felix massaged his disability, the torn cruciate ligaments in his right knee.
The article interested him more than most, being familiar himself with the geography of knees owing to his own torn cruciate ligaments, but he was soon lost in the technicalities of the protocols and thumbing listlessly through learned articles on hyperthyroidism, shingles, and sundry -ectomies and -omas.
Torn anterior cruciate ligament, right leg, at age fourteen point seven five years.
Olympic team back in 2000, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee had benched her career.
The X rays and MRI reveal seven broken ribs on my right side, five separate breaks to the left ankle, four breaks to the right shoulder, a torn right rotator cuff, a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee, frostbite, malnutrition, and deep lacerations over my entire body.
The causes are tight lacing, prolapse of the abdominal organs, weakness of the supporting ligaments, and enervating habits.
At the autopsy it was found that the knife had passed through the gluteal muscles and divided part of the great sacrosciatic ligament.
The medial umbilical ligament was a mess, and they had almost lost him because his superior mesenteric artery was pierced and pumping blood into his abdominal cavity, causing a life-threatening drop in blood pressure.
Our kind of mue, we were originally designed for heavy-gravity work, our bones are denser than yours, our ligaments levered better, our blood richer.
The broad ligaments and Fallopian tubes were ligated on either side, the tumor turned out, the thick, heavy pedicle transfixed and ligated, and the enormous growth cut away.
The riblets would have made a simple ventral incision difficult, but, as in Quintaglios, there was a gap between the front and rear rib sets, covered only with skin, muscle, and ligaments.
Walking alone back toward the mill later on, the sleety wind driving against his back and the cold twisting the malformed ligaments of his bad leg with the familiar ache, Ishmael thought about that.
Frankie gently flexed and extended the knee, rocking the joint and testing for any abnormal movement, but there was none, pointing to a meniscal tear rather than any ligament injury.
The Cruarch looked thoughtful and rubbed his misformed foot unselfconsciously, working at the cramped ligaments.