- 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.
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.
a seam as formed in sewing; a line of junction between two parts.
a sewing together or a joining as by sewing.
verb (used with object), su·tured, su·tur·ing.
to unite by or as by a suture.
Origin of suture
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- catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
- the surgical seam formed after joining two surfacesAlso called: seam
anatomy a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)
a seam or joining, as in sewing
zoology a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell
botany a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule
(tr) surgery to join (the edges of a wound, etc) by means of sutures
Word Origin for suture
C16: from Latin sūtūra, from suere to sew
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.
The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by or as if by sewing.
The surgical method used to close a wound or join tissues.
The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.
The line so formed.
To join by means of sutures or a suture.
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