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[koh-ap-tey-shuh n] /ˌkoʊ æpˈteɪ ʃən/
a joining or adjustment of parts to one another:
the coaptation of a broken bone.
Origin of coaptation
1555-65; < Late Latin coaptātiōn-, stem of coaptātiō; see coapt, -ation Unabridged
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  • These stitches of coaptation may be interrupted or continuous.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Relaxation stitches should be removed in four or five days, and stitches of coaptation in from seven to ten days.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
British Dictionary definitions for coaptation


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)
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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