- a joining or adjustment of parts to one another: the coaptation of a broken bone.
Origin of coaptation
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These stitches of coaptation may be interrupted or continuous.
Relaxation stitches should be removed in four or five days, and stitches of coaptation in from seven to ten days.
- the joining or reuniting of two surfaces, esp the ends of a broken bone or the edges of a wound
C16: from Late Latin coaptātiō a meticulous joining together, from Latin co- together + aptāre to fit
- 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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