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a joining of the lips or edges of a wound or the like by stitching or some similar process.
a particular method of doing this.
one of the stitches or fastenings employed.


the line of junction of two bones, especially of the skull, in an immovable articulation.
the articulation itself.

Zoology, Botany. the junction or line of junction of contiguous parts, as the line of closure between the valves of a bivalve shell, a seam where carpels of a pericarp join, etc.
a seam as formed in sewing; a line of junction between two parts.
a sewing together or a joining as by sewing.
verb (used with object), sutured, suturing.
to unite by or as by a suture.

catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
the surgical seam formed after joining two surfaces Also called seam

(anatomy) a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)
a seam or joining, as in sewing
(zoology) a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell
(botany) a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule
(transitive) (surgery) to join (the edges of a wound, etc) by means of sutures

suture su·ture (sōō’chər)

The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.

The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by or as if by sewing.

The surgical method used to close a wound or join tissues.

The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.

The line so formed.

v. su·tured, su·tur·ing, su·tures
To join by means of sutures or a suture.su’tur·al adj.


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