coapt

verb

co·​apt kō-ˈapt How to pronounce coapt (audio)
coapted; coapting; coapts

transitive verb

: to fit together and make fast
coaptation noun

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin coaptare, from Latin co- + aptus fastened, fit — more at apt

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coapt was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Coapt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coapt. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

coapt

transitive verb
co·​apt kō-ˈapt How to pronounce coapt (audio)
: to close or fasten together : cause to adhere
the margins of the wound were then closely coapted with suturesBiological Abstracts

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