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lien (s) (noun), liens (pl)
1. The legal right to keep or to sell somebody else's property as security for a debt.
2. An alternative term for "spleen" or "splen"; a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm which produces cells involved in immune responses.
3. Etymology: "right to hold property of another until debt is paid", 1531, from Middle French lien, from Latin ligamen, "bond"; from ligare, "to bind, to tie".
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