su·​ture | \ ˈsü-chər How to pronounce suture (audio) \

Definition of suture

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1a : 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
2a : a uniting of parts
b : the seam or seamlike line along which two things or parts are sewed or united
3a : 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)


sutured; suturing\ ˈsü-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce suturing (audio) , ˈsüch-​riŋ \

Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from suture


sutural \ ˈsü-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce sutural (audio) , ˈsüch-​rəl \ adjective
suturally \ ˈsü-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce suturally (audio) , ˈsüch-​rə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for suture

Synonyms: Verb

darn, sew, stitch

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Examples of suture in a Sentence


The surgeon sutured the incision. the doctor cleaned, sutured, and bandaged the wound

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Medical advances have increased players’ chances of a successful recovery because surgeries are done with smaller incisions and stronger sutures. Tom Fitzgerald,, "Kevin Durant injury: How NBA stars have returned after torn Achilles," 11 June 2019 My eyes were practically swollen shut and my face was covered in bruises and sutures. Serena Daniari, Allure, "The Complicated Process of Undergoing Facial-Feminization Surgery, and Why I Did It," 23 Mar. 2019 After your baby and placenta are removed, the incisions will be closed up with sutures. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What An Emergency C-Section Actually Is," 9 Aug. 2018 The 61-year-old still had to undergo eight surgeries, and was given nearly 12 pints of blood in addition to hundreds of sutures to stich him back together. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Shark attack victim in Massachusetts says he punched predator in gills to escape," 30 Aug. 2018 By adopting a technique called progressive tension sutures — special internal stitches that reduce potential fluid buildup — or incorporating tissue glues and compression garments, surgeons can offer drain-free tummy tucks. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 In Virginia, John Peter Mettauer performed experimental surgeries on a 21-year-old enslaved woman multiple times over four years that led to the creation of lead sutures which helped Sims’ fistulae operations become successful. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Frustrating Year of Reporting on Black Maternal Health," 14 June 2018 Daniels was given sutures for a laceration to his right eyebrow. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Officer punched in face, another injured in struggle with Sacramento State Prison inmate," 14 June 2018 For example, researchers are working on programming robots to do such tasks as stitch up tissue after a surgeon is done, which could help prevent problems for patients such as leakage from sutures that aren’t consistently tight. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Operating Room of the Future," 28 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The new organ didn’t start functioning after a transplant team at UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center sutured it into place. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Transplant was no easy road for Oceanside man who fought for new lung," 10 June 2019 Right there, in the woman’s hands, clasped tenderly around her neighbor’s ribcage as if to suture a gashing sob, those downcast eyes that wouldn’t reach yours, those faces only known from the side. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War," 30 May 2019 Your periodontist will harvest the graft tissue and move it over to the recipient site, suturing it in place. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know Before, During, and After Your Gum Graft Surgery," 11 Mar. 2019 The different areas of the scar are elevated and using a plastic surgery closure, the different layers are sutured together. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Various procedures can help reduce C-section scars | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 After suturing his wound and administering painkillers and antibiotics, nurses left him for 30 minutes of observation. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "How Holograms Are Helping Medical Training," 5 July 2018 In a young patient, when possible, the preferred treatment is surgery to unlock the knee and repair the meniscus by suturing it back in its place. Dr. Harlan Selesnick, miamiherald, "Meniscus surgery on knee is easy and should be performed as soon as possible | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 From the first scene to the last, Avengers: Infinity War felt like 2 hours and 40 minutes of climactic scenes, sutured together. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Marvel Killing the Movies?," 1 May 2018 Peyton procured the skin from a local fish market, sterilized it and then sutured it onto the sedated animals' paws. The Washington Post,, "Fish skins used to treat bears burned in California wildfires," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of suture


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of suture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

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


su·​ture | \ ˈsü-chər How to pronounce suture (audio) \

Medical Definition of suture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a stitch made with a suture
b : a strand or fiber used to sew parts of the living body
c : the act or process of sewing with sutures
2a : 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
sutured; suturing\ ˈsüch-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce suturing (audio) \

Medical Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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to take the place or position of

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