An ion, a molecule, or a molecular group that binds to another chemical entity to form a larger complex.(noun)
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Use "ligand" in a sentence
"It turns out that a single molybdenum center within a properly designed protective ligand is sufficient."
"(A ligand is a molecule that binds to the receptor to form a biologically active complex.) "In bad times, the ligand is not made and the nuclear receptor (DAF-12) causes the animals to go into the long lived dauer stage, shutting down the microRNAs and the developmental clock," he said."
"This first-in-class monoclonal antibody targets RANK ligand, which is involved in bone-degenerating osteoclasts."