a strong cord made by twisting the dried intestines of animals, as sheep, used in stringing musical instruments and tennis rackets, for surgical sutures, etc.
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How to use catgut in a sentence
He could also fashion an interesting musical instrument in his desk by means of spools and catgut and bits of broken glass.The Village Watch-Tower | (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
Her nerves felt drawn to a tension that threatened to snap them like catgut drawn too tightly on a violin.The Lone Ranger Rides | Fran Striker
Marteau was called "the Paderewski of the catgut," and he met with a most cordial reception among musicians.Famous Violinists of To-day and Yesterday | Henry C. Lahee
The most dangerous and unreliable suture material for the abdominal incision is catgut (see p. 96).
The sutures should be of thin catgut and must not perforate the bladder or the ureteral walls.
British Dictionary definitions for catgut
a strong cord made from the dried intestines of sheep and other animals that is used for stringing certain musical instruments and sports rackets, and, when sterilized, as surgical ligatures: Often shortened to: gut
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