Ligand meaning

līgənd, lĭgənd
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An ion, molecule, or molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
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An atom, group, ion, radical, or molecule which forms a coordination complex with a central atom or ion.
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An ion, molecule, or molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
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(chemistry) An ion, molecule, or functional group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.
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Origin of ligand

  • From Latin ligandus gerundive of ligāre to bind ligate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare "˜to bind'.

    From Wiktionary