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Noun, pl. ligaments

1. Band of strong tissue that holds the bones of an animal in position. (

2. A short band of tough, flexible, fibrous connective tissue that connects two bones or cartilages or holds together a joint. (Google Dictionary)

3. A membranous fold that supports an organ and keeps it in position. (Google Dictionary)

4. Any similar connecting or binding structure. (Google Dictionary)

5. A bond of union. (Google Dictionary)

Word origin: From Latin ligamentum “band, tie, ligature,” from ligare “to bind, tie.”

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