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catgut

[kat-guht] /ˈkætˌgʌt/
noun
1.
a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc.
Origin of catgut
1590-1600
1590-1600; apparently cat1 + gut, though allusion is obscure
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catgut

/ˈkætˌɡʌt/
noun
1.
a strong cord made from the dried intestines of sheep and other animals that is used for stringing certain musical instruments and sports rackets, and, when sterilized, as surgical ligatures Often shortened to gut
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Word Origin and History for catgut
n.

1590s, altered from kitgut, probably from obsolete kit (n.2) "fiddle" + gut (n.). It was made from the intestines of sheep.

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catgut in Medicine

catgut cat·gut (kāt'gŭt')
n.
A tough, thin cord made from the treated and stretched intestines of certain animals, especially sheep, and used for surgical ligatures.

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