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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: lig'a-ment


  1. A band or sheet of fibrous tissue connecting two or more bones, cartilages, or other structures, or serving as support for fasciae or muscles.
  2. A fold of peritoneum supporting any of the abdominal viscera.
  3. Any structure resembling a ligament although not performing the function of such.
  4. The cordlike remains of a fetal vessel or other structure that has lost its original lumen.

Synonym(s): ligamentumTA

[L. ligamentum, a band, bandage]

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