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

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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 If the suture is broken, another protective mechanism also allows for the blades to deform slowly. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "This super-beetle can survive being run over by a car -- and help with engineering problems," 21 Oct. 2020 Though the diabolical ironclad beetle doesn't use its elyton for flight, the elytra and connective suture instead help to distribute applied force more evenly throughout the insect's body. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "This super-beetle can survive being run over by a car -- and help with engineering problems," 21 Oct. 2020 The medial suture is the second critical ingredient. Matt Simon, Wired, "How the ‘Diabolical’ Beetle Survives Being Run Over by a Car," 21 Oct. 2020 Early ammonites had simple suture lines traced across their shells, while the sutures on species from the Cretaceous period (145 to 66 million years ago) formed intricate patterns that may have given later ammonites greater buoyancy control. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "What are ammonites, and how did they come to rule the prehistoric seas?," 4 Aug. 2020 Dove’s diagnosis of lambdoid craniosynostosis means that her lambdoid suture, which runs along the back of the head, closed too early. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Teddi Mellencamp Reveals Her 4-Month-Old Daughter Dove Has Lambdoid Craniosynostosis—Here's What to Know," 6 July 2020 In the emergency room, doctors likely would have used staples or sutures on such a wound, Assad admitted. NBC News, "Get down from there! Parents struggle to keep cooped-up kids out of the ER," 25 Apr. 2020 The incident prompted Ackermann to order proper suture kits online. Lisa Boone, chicagotribune.com, "Designer chicken coops: From chandeliers to AC, how some L.A. owners pamper their pets," 27 Sep. 2019 The incident prompted Ackermann to order proper suture kits online. Lisa Boone, chicagotribune.com, "Designer chicken coops: From chandeliers to AC, how some L.A. owners pamper their pets," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Gorgeous new NOMA show includes translucent silk clouds raining 4,000 glinting needles," 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, "Our coronavirus blind spot: People like me who need dialysis," 8 May 2020 The bird’s wound was sutured and it was treated with antibiotics, Sharp said. Taylor Hartz, chicagotribune.com, "Injured pelican found on Evanston beach rescued and released back into the wild: ‘Oh, a big bird, I’ve got to see this’," 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, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suture. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for suture

suture

noun
How to pronounce suture (audio)

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 suture (audio) \

Medical Definition of suture (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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