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- n. The bringing together of two parts to form a seamless whole; used especially of a dislocated joint or a broken bone
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The adaptation or adjustment of parts to each other, as of a broken bone or dislocated joint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The adaptation or adjustment of parts to one another.
- n. In surgery, the act of placing the broken extremities of a bone in their natural position, or of restoring a luxated bone to its place; bone-setting.
- n. In anatomy, a kind of gliding articulation of one bone with another, as that of the patella with the femur.
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In other words, the operator, grasping the limb below the fracture, draws it down or away from the trunk, while he seeks not to draw away, but simply to hold the upper portion still until the broken ends of bone are brought to their natural relative positions, when the coaptation, which is thus effected, has only to be made permanent by the proper dressings to perfect the reduction.
Harding approved entirely, and it was decided that the two wounds should be dressed without attempting to close them by immediate coaptation.
If the snake is an emblem of jealousy, then it is the idea jealousy that organizes the “coaptation” of the snake for this symbolic purpose.
Either of two slender bones extending from the upper part of the sternum (breastbone) to the shoulder. coaptation
-- Reduction of femoral fracture in the horse is practically impossible, and retaining the broken bones in coaptation is not possible by means of mechanical appliances.
Frequent readjustment may be necessary, and time is well spent in this manner since this contributes materially toward a favorable termination by encouraging the subject to remain quiet so that coaptation of the broken bones may be maintained.
They are a vigorous and active stock, a scion of abundant vitality, coaptation of the freshly cut cambium layers and prevention of desiccation.
_ -- To ensure accurate reduction and coaptation, a general anæsthetic is usually necessary.
The fragments having been freed, and any shortening of the limb corrected in this way, the broken ends are moulded into position -- a process termed _coaptation_.
Reduction, sometimes necessitating the casting of the patient; coaptation, comparatively easy by reason of the subcutaneous situation of the bone; retention, by means of splints and bandages -- applied on both sides of the region, and reaching to the ground as in fractures of the forearm -- these are always indicated.