One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object Surgery. To bring (the edges of a wound, parts of a fractured bone, etc.) back into apposition.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). Probably partly an alteration of repose and partly an alteration of repose, by analysis of both as showing formations from re- and either appose (although this is first attested later) or its etymon Middle French apposer.
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