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staple

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noun sta·ple \ˈstā-pəl\

Medical Definition of staple

  1. :  a usually U-shaped and typically metal surgical fastener used to hold layers of tissue together (as in the closure of an incision)

staple transitive verb stapled; stapling
stapler \-plər\play noun




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