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coaptation

[koh-ap-tey-shuh n] /ˌkoʊ æpˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
a joining or adjustment of parts to one another:
the coaptation of a broken bone.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin coaptātiōn-, stem of coaptātiō; see coapt, -ation
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British Dictionary definitions for coaptation

coaptation

/ˌkəʊæpˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the joining or reuniting of two surfaces, esp the ends of a broken bone or the edges of a wound
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin coaptātiō a meticulous joining together, from Latin co- together + aptāre to fit
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coaptation in Medicine

coaptation co·ap·ta·tion (kō'āp-tā'shən)
n.
The joining together or fitting of two surfaces, such as the edges of a wound or the ends of a broken bone.

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