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  • v. To fit together, especially by mutual adaptation
  • n. methyl cyanoacrylate

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as coaptate.

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

  • v. cause to adhere
  • v. fit tightly and fasten


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  • The MitraClip is used to grasp and coapt the leaflets of the mitral valve.



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  • Most commonly used in medicine to describe a wound that is (or should heal) closed--e.g., "The agent changes the molecular structure of the inside of the offending vessels so that they coapt or heal closed."

    June 26, 2008