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 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

Noun

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

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dunleavy’s spokesman Matt Shuckerow says Dunleavy took precautionary measures with his dermatologist this week, which left a series of sutures on his forehead. Washington Post, "Alaska governor has skin cancer removed from forehead," 3 Aug. 2019 For decades scientists have tried to mimic the silvery strands to use for sutures, athletic gear and bulletproof vests, but their synthetic fibers have fallen short. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "Creating Synthetic Silk from Microbes," 1 Dec. 2018 The recall also includes tissue expanders used by patients before breast augmentation or reconstruction, including Natrelle 133 Plus tissue expander and Natrelle 133 tissue expander with suture tabs. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer Are Recalled Worldwide," 24 July 2019 So now another surgical approach involves putting sutures up nearer the top of the tendon and attaching them to plastic screws driven into the heel bone. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why Kevin Durant's Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles Heel," 13 June 2019 After the sutures were removed, the patient’s pain, swelling, and the milk secretion coming from her vulva decreased. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "This Woman Started Lactating From Her Vulva After Childbirth—Here’s How That Can Happen," 12 June 2019 Medical advances have increased players’ chances of a successful recovery because surgeries are done with smaller incisions and stronger sutures. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The procedure requires a few very small incisions that sutured closed at the end. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?," 28 July 2019 So much time accumulates on her small figure, the girl might well be centuries old, bearing the weight of slavery and empire, embodying the transit of the commodity, suturing the identity of the slave and the prostitute. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 First, the brain is mostly freed from the skull; all the dangling arteries, save the carotids, are cauterized or sutured. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, "Scientists Are Giving Dead Brains New Life. What Could Go Wrong?," 2 July 2019 Then, surgeons sutured layers of tissue and repaired the defect. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cleveland Clinic performs its first fetal surgery to repair spina bifida," 20 June 2019 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

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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 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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