Definitions for: Suture

[n] thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
[n] a seam used in surgery
[n] an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull)
[v] join with a suture, as of a wound in surgery

Webster (1913) Definition: Su"ture, n. [L. sutura, fr. suere, sutum, to sew or
stitch: cf. F. suture. See Sew to unite with thread.]
1. The act of sewing; also, the line along which two things
or parts are sewed together, or are united so as to form a
seam, or that which resembles a seam.

2. (Surg.)
(a) The uniting of the parts of a wound by stitching.
(b) The stitch by which the parts are united.

3. (Anat.) The line of union, or seam, in an immovable
articulation, like those between the bones of the skull;
also, such an articulation itself; synarthrosis. See
Harmonic suture, under Harmonic.

4. (Bot.)
(a) The line, or seam, formed by the union of two margins
in any part of a plant; as, the ventral suture of a
(b) A line resembling a seam; as, the dorsal suture of a
legume, which really corresponds to a midrib.

5. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The line at which the elytra of a beetle meet and are
sometimes confluent.
(b) A seam, or impressed line, as between the segments of
a crustacean, or between the whorls of a univalve

Glover's suture, Harmonic suture, etc. See under
Glover, Harmonic, etc.

Synonyms: fibrous joint, surgical seam, sutura

See Also: articulatio, articulation, catgut, coronal suture, frontal suture, gut, intermaxillary suture, internasal suture, interparietal suture, joint, lamboid suture, occipitomastoid suture, parietomastoid suture, sagittal suture, seam, seam, sutura coronalis, sutura frontalis, sutura intermaxillaris, sutura internasalis, sutura lamboidea, sutura sagittalis, thread, yarn

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