|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|
|6.||(tr) surgery to join (the edges of a wound, etc) by means of sutures|
|[C16: from Latin sūtūra, from suere to |
suture su·ture (sōō'chər)
The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.
The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by or as if by sewing.
The surgical method used to close a wound or join tissues.
The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.
The line so formed.