/luy"gays, -gayz/, n. Biochem.
any of a class of enzymes that catalyze the joining of two molecules by formation of a covalent bond accompanied by the hydrolysis of ATP.
[1961; < L lig(are) to tie, bind + -ASE]

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also called  Synthetase 

      any one of a class of about 50 enzymes that catalyze reactions involving the conservation of chemical energy and provide a couple between energy-demanding synthetic processes and energy-yielding breakdown reactions. They catalyze the joining of two molecules, deriving the needed energy from the cleavage of an energy-rich phosphate bond (in many cases, by the simultaneous conversion of adenosine triphosphate [ATP] to adenosine diphosphate [ADP]). A ligase catalyzing the formation of a carbon-oxygen bond between an amino acid and transfer RNA is called amino acid–RNA ligase. Carbon–nitrogen (C−N) bonds are formed by the action of such enzymes as amide synthetases and peptide synthetases.

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