from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by or as if by sewing.
  • n. The material, such as thread, gut, or wire, that is used in this procedure.
  • n. The line or stitch so formed.
  • n. Medicine The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.
  • n. Medicine The stitch so formed.
  • n. Anatomy The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.
  • n. Biology A seamlike joint or line of articulation, such as the line of dehiscence in a dry fruit or the spiral seam marking the junction of whorls of a gastropod shell.
  • transitive v. To join by means of sutures or a suture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Seam formed by sewing two edges (especially of skin) together.
  • n. Thread used to sew two edges (especially of skin) together; stitch.
  • n. An area where separate terranes join together along a major fault.
  • n. A type of fibrous joint bound together by Sharpey's fibres which only occurs in the skull.
  • v. to sew up or join by means of a suture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. The uniting of the parts of a wound by stitching.
  • n. The stitch by which the parts are united.
  • n. 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.
  • n.
  • n. The line, or seam, formed by the union of two margins in any part of a plant.
  • n. A line resembling a seam.
  • n.
  • n. The line at which the elytra of a beetle meet and are sometimes confluent.
  • n. A seam, or impressed line, as between the segments of a crustacean, or between the whorls of a univalve shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unite in a suture or with sutures; sew up, or sew together; connect as if united by a suture.
  • n. The act of sewing; a sewing together, or joining along a line or seam; hence (rarely), the state of being connected; connectedness.
  • n. A line of joining, uniting, or closure as if by sewing, stitching, or knitting together; a seam; a raphe. ; ;
  • n. In botany, the seam or line of junction between two edges, as between the component carpels of a pericarp, there commonly marking the line of dehiscence.
  • n. In surgery: The uniting of the lips or edges of a wound by stitching or stitches, or in some equivalent manner.
  • n. One of the stitches or fastenings used to make such a union of the lips of a wound.
  • n. In entomology, same as clypeal suture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin sūtūra, from sūtus, past participle of suere, to sew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin sūtūra ("suture").


  • errr..suture to real patient okey! but i just learned it once and never practicing it even on the suture kit.

    ouchhh,its painfull!

  • It was necessary to calculate the exact length of the vascular pedicle, for tension on an arterial or venous suture is a dangerous thing.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • Each stitch of the continuous suture is made larger on the vein than on the artery, and the size of the vein is thus progressively reduced and a good union ensured.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • The union produced by the suture is so exact that the scar resulting from the junction of the extremities of the vessels is in consequence very slight, and in some cases the medias become directly united without the interposition of any fibrous tissue.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • Although the suture is difficult on very small vessels, it has, nevertheless, been used with success in the transfusion of the blood in infants.

    Alexis Carrel - Nobel Lecture

  • At birth the bone consists of two pieces, separated by the frontal suture, which is usually obliterated, except at its lower part, by the eighth year, but occasionally persists throughout life.

    II. Osteology. 5a. 3. The Frontal Bone

  • The large bone fragment that arrived late at the autopsy arose immediately anterior to the coronal suture, which is faintly seen here.

    Signs of the Times

  • Shell large, rather thin, turbinated, spu*e elevated, convex; whorls numerous, rounded on the angle, rudely nodose and sloping to the suture, which is sharply cut but irregular.

    Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

  • The omentum has both its starting-point and its attachment, with ambidental vivipara, in the centre of the stomach, where the stomach has a kind of suture; in non-ambidental vivipara it has its starting-point and attachment in the chief of the ruminating stomachs.

    The History of Animals

  • There is a special kind of suture material that disappears by itself, which is good to use because the person does not have to return for you to remove sutures.

    Chapter 6


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