[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coaptation

  • 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
  • These stitches of coaptation may be interrupted or continuous.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for coaptation


/ (ˌkəʊæpˈteɪʃən) /


the joining or reuniting of two surfaces, esp the ends of a broken bone or the edges of a wound

Word Origin for coaptation

C16: from Late Latin coaptātiō a meticulous joining together, from Latin co- together + aptāre to fit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for coaptation


[ kō′ăp-tāshən ]


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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