suture

[soo-cher]
noun
1.
Surgery.
a.
a joining of the lips or edges of a wound or the like by stitching or some similar process.
b.
a particular method of doing this.
c.
one of the stitches or fastenings employed.
2.
Anatomy.
a.
the line of junction of two bones, especially of the skull, in an immovable articulation.
b.
the articulation itself.
3.
Zoology, Botany. the junction or line of junction of contiguous parts, as the line of closure between the valves of a bivalve shell, a seam where carpels of a pericarp join, etc.
4.
a seam as formed in sewing; a line of junction between two parts.
5.
a sewing together or a joining as by sewing.
verb (used with object), sutured, suturing.
6.
to unite by or as by a suture.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin sūtūra seam, suture, equivalent to sūt(us) (past participle of suere to sew1) + -ūra -ure

sutural, adjective
suturally, adverb
presutural, adjective
unsutured, adjective
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suture (ˈsuːtʃə)
 
n
1.  surgery
 a.  catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
 b.  Also called: seam the surgical seam formed after joining two surfaces
2.  anatomy a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)
3.  a seam or joining, as in sewing
4.  zoology a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell
5.  botany a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule
 
vb
6.  (tr) surgery to join (the edges of a wound, etc) by means of sutures
 
[C16: from Latin sūtūra, from suere to sew]
 
'sutural
 
adj
 
'suturally
 
adv

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suture
1540s, "surgical stitching of a wound, etc.," from L. sutura "a seam, a sewing together," from sutus, pp. of suere "to sew" (see sew). The verb is recorded from 1777.
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suture su·ture (sōō'chər)
n.

  1. The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.

  2. The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by or as if by sewing.

  3. The surgical method used to close a wound or join tissues.

  4. The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.

  5. The line so formed.

v. su·tured, su·tur·ing, su·tures
To join by means of sutures or a suture.
su'tur·al adj.
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Example sentences
Ridging of the suture line can also occur when the bony plates fuse together too early.
Which suture is involved determines the abnormal shape of the head.
The suture anchors can be made of metal or material that dissolves over time, and do not need to be removed.
There was a rhythm to it: cut, cauterize and suture.
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