noun su·ture \ˈsü-chər\

medical : a stitch or a series of stitches used to close a cut or wound

Full Definition of SUTURE

a :  a strand or fiber used to sew parts of the living body; also :  a stitch made with a suture
b :  the act or process of sewing with sutures
a :  a uniting of parts
b :  the seam or seamlike line along which two things or parts are sewed or united
a :  the line of union in an immovable articulation (as between the bones of the skull); also :  such an articulation
b :  a furrow at the junction of adjacent bodily parts; especially :  a line of dehiscence (as on a fruit)
su·tur·al \ˈsü-chə-rəl, ˈsüch-rəl\ adjective
su·tur·al·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb

Origin of SUTURE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin sutura seam, suture, from sutus, past participle of suere to sew — more at sew
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with SUTURE


transitive verb

medical : to sew together (a cut, wound, etc.) : to close (something) with a suture

su·turedsu·tur·ing \ˈsü-chə-riŋ, ˈsüch-riŋ\

Full Definition of SUTURE

:  to unite, close, or secure with sutures <suture a wound>

Examples of SUTURE

  1. The surgeon sutured the incision.
  2. <the doctor cleaned, sutured, and bandaged the wound>

First Known Use of SUTURE


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