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a. The act of binding or of applying a ligature.
b. The state of being bound.
2. Something that binds; a ligature.


(laɪˈgeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of ligating, esp. of surgically tying up a bleeding artery.
2. anything that binds or ties up; ligature.
[1590–1600; < Latin]
lig•a•tive (ˈlɪg ə tɪv) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ligation - (surgery) tying a duct or blood vessel with a ligature (as to prevent bleeding during surgery)
tubal ligation - a sterilization procedure with women; both Fallopian tubes are tied in two places and the tubes removed in between the ligations
tying, ligature - the act of tying or binding things together
surgery - the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures; "he is professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School"


n (surg) ligadura; tubal — ligadura de trompas, ligadura tubárica (esp. Esp)
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The treatment of prolapsing haemorrhoids is either rubber-band ligation as an outpatient or surgical removal in theatre.
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Tuckson's number one option for treatment of large stage II or III internal hemorrhoids, he still likes rubber-band ligation for the smaller ones.