an atom, group, ion, radical, or molecule which forms a coordination complex with a central atom or ion
Origin of ligand; from Classical Latin ligandum, gerund, gerundive of ligare, to bind: see ligature
An ion, molecule, or molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
Origin of ligandFrom Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare, to bind; see ligate.
From Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare "˜to bind'.