Ligand



[lahy-guh nd, lig-uh nd] /ˈlaɪ gənd, ˈlɪg ənd/

noun
1.
Biochemistry. a molecule, as an antibody, hormone, or drug, that binds to a receptor.
2.
Chemistry. a molecule, ion, or atom that is bonded to the central metal atom of a coordination compound.
/ˈlɪɡənd; ˈlaɪ-/
noun
1.
(chem) an atom, molecule, radical, or ion forming a complex with a central atom
n.

1952, from Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare “to bind” (see ligament).

ligand li·gand (lī’gənd, lĭg’ənd)
n.
An ion, a molecule, or a molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.

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