from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by sewing.
  • noun The material, such as thread, gut, or wire, that is used in this procedure.
  • noun The line or stitch so formed.
  • noun The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.
  • noun The stitch so formed.
  • noun Anatomy The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.
  • noun 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 verb To join by means of sutures or a suture.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb join with a suture
  • noun a seam used in surgery
  • noun an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull)
  • noun 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; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]

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.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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

    ouchhh,its painfull!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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