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  1. Surgery.

    • a joining of the lips or edges of a wound or the like by stitching or some similar process.

    • a particular method of doing this.

    • one of the stitches or fastenings employed.

  2. Anatomy.

    • the line of junction of two bones, especially of the skull, in an immovable articulation.

    • the articulation itself.

  1. 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.

  2. a seam as formed in sewing; a line of junction between two parts.

  3. a sewing together or a joining as by sewing.

verb (used with object),su·tured, su·tur·ing.
  1. to unite by or as by a suture.

Origin of suture

1535–45; <Latin sūtūra seam, suture, equivalent to sūt(us) (past participle of suere to sew1) + -ūra-ure

Other words from suture

  • su·tur·al, adjective
  • su·tur·al·ly, adverb
  • pre·su·tur·al, adjective
  • un·su·tured, adjective

Words Nearby suture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use suture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suture


/ (ˈsuːtʃə) /

  1. surgery

    • catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces

    • the surgical seam formed after joining two surfaces: Also called: seam

  2. anatomy a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)

  1. a seam or joining, as in sewing

  2. zoology a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell

  3. botany a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule

  1. (tr) surgery to join (the edges of a wound, etc) by means of sutures

Origin of suture

C16: from Latin sūtūra, from suere to sew

Derived forms of suture

  • sutural, adjective
  • suturally, adverb

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