suture

noun
su·​ture | \ˈsü-chər \

Definition of suture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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)

suture

verb
sutured; suturing\ ˈsü-​chə-​riŋ , 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

Noun

sutural \ ˈsü-​chə-​rəl , ˈsüch-​rəl \ adjective
suturally \ ˈsü-​chə-​rə-​lē , ˈsüch-​rə-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for suture

Synonyms: Verb

darn, sew, stitch

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Examples of suture in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Jedi suffered wounds to his head and around one of his eyes, which were treated with sutures. Anna Buchmann, sacbee, "Here's how K-9 Jedi is doing after Carmichael stabbing | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 The sutures hold everything in place until your own natural healing maintains the ear for the rest of your life. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Girl's ears stick out. What's the right age for plastic surgery? | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Other technologies such as prostate sutures and energy sources such as laser, microwave, radio frequency and high-intensity ultrasound have been used to treat an obstructive prostate. Dr. Jared G. Heiner, idahostatesman, "A new treatment for an old prostate problem | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 His job included helping expand the division’s sideline in hypodermic and suture needles. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raymond Neag, Medical-Device Industry Leader, Supported Education," 4 May 2018 Arrow came up with new ways to package catheters in sterilized kits containing local anesthetic, gauze and sutures. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raymond Neag, Medical-Device Industry Leader, Supported Education," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, AL.com, "Fish skins used to treat bears burned in California wildfires," 26 Jan. 2018 Peyton procured the skin from a local fish market, sterilized it and then sutured it onto the sedated animals' paws. Author: Karin Brulliard, Anchorage Daily News, "Two bears were badly burned in wildfires, and fish skin helped heal them," 26 Jan. 2018 Inspired by a Brazilian practice, the team decided to use sterilized tilapia skin sutured over the wounds as a temporary second-skin. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Wildlife Burned in California Fires Get Fish Skin Bandages," 24 Jan. 2018 The profuse bleeding was certainly easily controlled by the quality Patriots medical staff and even immediately cleaned and sutured, which lowers the infection rate. Profootballdoc, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Whatever the injury, it's thumbs up to Tom Brady playing," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of suture

Noun

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

Verb

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suture

Noun

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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suture

noun

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

suture

verb

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

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

suture

noun
su·​ture | \ˈsü-chər \

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 \

Medical Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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