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a soft thin wire of stainless steel used in dentistry to tie an archwire to band attachments or brackets.
Etymology: L, ligare, to bind; AS, wir
a soft, thin wire used in dental procedures, particularly to connect brackets or attachments on orthodontic appliances.
lig·a·ture wire(ligă-chŭr wīr)
Soft thin stainless steel wire used in dentistry to tie an archwire to band attachments or brackets.