SU'TURE, n. [L. sutura, from suo, to sew.] 1. Literally, a sewing; hence, the uniting of the parts of a wound by stitching. 2. The seam or joint which unites the bones of the skull; or the peculiar articulation or connection of those bones; as the coronal suture; the sagittal suture.
n 1: an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull) [syn: suture, sutura, fibrous joint] 2: a seam used in surgery [syn: suture, surgical seam] 3: thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together v 1: join with a suture; "suture the wound after surgery"
I. nounEtymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin sutura seam, suture, from sutus, past participle of suere to sew — more at sewDate: 15th century 1.a. 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 2.a. a uniting of parts b. the seam or seamlike line along which two things or parts are sewed or united 3.a. 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) • suturaladjective • suturallyadverbII. transitive verb (sutured; suturing) Date: 1777 to unite, close, or secure with sutures <suture a wound>
n. & v. --n. 1 Surgery a the joining of the edges of a wound or incision by stitching. b the thread or wire used for this. 2 the seamlike junction of two bones, esp. in the skull. 3 Bot. & Zool. a similar junction of parts. --v.tr. Surgery stitch up (a wound or incision) with a suture. Derivatives: sutural adj. sutured adj. Etymology: F suture or L sutura f. suere sut- sew
Suture 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 legume. (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 shell. Glover's suture, Harmonic suture, etc. See under Glover, Harmonic, etc.