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[soo-cher] /ˈsu tʃər/
  1. a joining of the lips or edges of a wound or the like by stitching or some similar process.
  2. a particular method of doing this.
  3. one of the stitches or fastenings employed.
  1. the line of junction of two bones, especially of the skull, in an immovable articulation.
  2. the articulation itself.
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.
a seam as formed in sewing; a line of junction between two parts.
a sewing together or a joining as by sewing.
verb (used with object), sutured, suturing.
to unite by or as by a suture.
1535-45; < Latin sūtūra seam, suture, equivalent to sūt(us) (past participle of suere to sew1) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
sutural, adjective
suturally, adverb
presutural, adjective
unsutured, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sutures
  • The meeting point of the coronal and sagittal sutures.
  • If sutures are placed, they may need to be removed later.
  • The incision is so small that it typically does not require sutures and there is no bleeding.
  • Watch the sutures, check for shock, manage the bleeding.
  • The polymer, which is the same material used in bio-absorbable sutures, should eventually break down and leave the body.
  • The heart itself had only been nicked and did not need sutures.
British Dictionary definitions for sutures


  1. catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
  2. the surgical seam formed after joining two surfaces Also called seam
(anatomy) a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)
a seam or joining, as in sewing
(zoology) a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell
(botany) a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule
(transitive) (surgery) to join (the edges of a wound, etc) by means of sutures
Derived Forms
sutural, adjective
suturally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sūtūra, from suere to sew
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Word Origin and History for sutures



1540s, "surgical stitching of a wound, etc.," from Latin sutura "a seam, a sewing together," from sutus, past participle of suere "to sew" (see sew). The verb is recorded from 1777. Related: Sutured; suturing.

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sutures in Medicine

suture su·ture (sōō'chər)

  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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