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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ligament mean? 

  The noun LIGAMENT has 2 senses:

1. a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs
2. any connection or unifying bond

  Familiarity information: LIGAMENT used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1ligament [BACK TO TOP]


A sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Hypernyms ("ligament" is a kind of...):

connective tissue (tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ligament"):

falciform ligament (a ligament that attaches part of the liver to the diaphragm and the abdominal wall)

ligamentum teres uteri; round ligament of the uterus (ligament attached to the uterus on either side in front of and below the opening of the Fallopian tube and passing through the inguinal canal to the labia majora)

Holonyms ("ligament" is a part of...):

muscle system; muscular structure; musculature (the muscular system of an organism)

Sense 2ligament [BACK TO TOP]


Any connection or unifying bond

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("ligament" is a kind of...):

attachment; bond (a connection that fastens things together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ligament"):

binder; ligature (something used to tie or bind)

chain (a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament)

wire (ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc)

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