suture

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

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 How to pronounce suture (audio) , ˈsüch-​riŋ \

Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from suture

Noun

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

Synonyms for suture

Synonyms: Verb

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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 One suture on the bowl’s lip was the result of its being dropped last year by a Tampa grinder named Pat Maroon. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Patients are then instructed to return to the ER at a later date – again, depending on the location of the wound – to have the suture material removed. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 But in this case, the suture is simply threaded through the skin without a knot, which is why cones or barbs are needed to lift the skin. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 24 Mar. 2022 With low, chilly vocals that hug the beat close, Noname presses into the uneasy suture of structural injustice and individual needs. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Just now, our hospital is short on suture kits, suction cannulae, and occasionally other items. Rachel Pearson, The New Yorker, 25 Jan. 2022 Zavattieri explained that the suture acts like a jigsaw puzzle, connecting the creature's various exoskeletal blades in the abdomen, which lock to prevent themselves from pulling out. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 21 Oct. 2020 Since then, ElAttrache has increased his use of a braided suture that is flatter, wider and provides greater security. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Van Bonn also had to construct his own artificial froggy ligaments out of suture material to repair the knee. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That same year, a surgeon at Provident Hospital performed a medical marvel, becoming the first to successfully suture the wall surrounding the human heart. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2022 But behind the scenes, the team’s medical staff came up with a radical idea to suture the loose ankle tendon back into the skin. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Oct. 2021 Robot Surgeons Advanced robotic surgeons could suture wounds, remove tumors and repair tissue with unparalleled precision, reducing fatalities from medical errors. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2021 The backstory of the piece is a Chinese fable in which the heavens are ripped asunder, unleashing calamity, until the goddess Nüwa rises to suture the tear and save humankind. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, 13 Oct. 2020 While there is much to do to suture our economy, our foremost priority has been preserving life. Jerry Levin, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2020 The bird’s wound was sutured and it was treated with antibiotics, Sharp said. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, 30 Oct. 2019 There will be dozens of kinds of surgical robots, and many will tackle specific jobs, from suturing in the abdomen to setting a broken leg. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2019 The procedure requires a few very small incisions that sutured closed at the end. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2019 See More

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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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The first known use of suture was in the 15th century

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suture

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suture

noun
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

suture

transitive verb
sutured; suturing\ ˈsüch-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce suture (audio) \

Medical Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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