Definition of ligate in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɪˈɡeɪt/


[with object] Surgery
Tie up (an artery or vessel): the uterine artery was ligated
More example sentences
  • We performed a splenectomy and ligated the bleeding vessels.
  • Army nurses worked autonomously in the surgical arena, triaging the wounded, initiating blood transfusions, beginning penicillin regimens for those with open wounds, suturing, and ligating vessels.
  • Then, the arteries were doubly ligated with silk sutures simultaneously.


Late 16th century: from Latin ligat- 'tied', from the verb ligare.

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