- 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.
- the line of junction of two bones, especially of the skull, in an immovable articulation.
- the articulation itself.
verb (used with object), su·tured, su·tur·ing.
- sutural bone,
- sutural ligament,
- suu kyi,
- suum cuique,
Origin of suture
Examples from the Web for suture
Rami of mandible anchylosed together and suture largely obliterated.The Beaked Whales of the Family Ziphidae|Frederick True
He says that this suture insures the redintegration of the nerve much better.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh
The sphenofrontal foramen lies in the suture between the extreme anterior margin of this bone and the frontal bone.
The squamosals are large; the long anterior arm is separated from the maxillary by a suture.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca|William E. Duellman
Elongated, with a spiral groove near the suture of the whorls.A Conchological Manual|George Brettingham Sowerby
- catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
- the surgical seam formed after joining two surfacesAlso called: seam
Word Origin for suture
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.