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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Surg.) (a) The uniting of the parts of a wound by stitching. (b) The stitch by which the parts are united. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Glover's suture}, {Harmonic suture}, etc. See under {Glover}, {Harmonic}, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • suture — ► NOUN 1) a stitch or row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision. 2) a thread or wire used for this. 3) a seam like junction between two parts, especially between bones of the skull. ► VERB ▪ stitch up with a… …   English terms dictionary

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  • suture — SUTURE. s. f. Terme d anatomie. Il ne se dit qu en cette phrase, Les Sutures du crane, pour dire, Les jointures des parties du crane …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • suture — [so͞o′chər] n. [L sutura < sutus, pp. of suere, to SEW] 1. a) the act of joining together by or as by sewing b) the line along which such a joining is made 2. Anat. the joining together, or the irregular line of junction, of certain vertebrate …   English World dictionary

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