Definition of coaptation in English:

coaptation

noun

  • 1The adaptation or adjustment of things, parts, or people to each other.

    1. 1.1Medicine The drawing together of the separated tissue in a wound or fracture.
      • ‘Sciatic nerve epineural coaptation is performed by the trainee with the instructor assisting.’
      • ‘Generally if a surgical repair is mechanically inadequate, additional coaptation will not improve stability.’
      • ‘Most repairs result in downsizing the effective orifice area in order to increase coaptation with the available cusp area.’
      • ‘The patients underwent the new bypass coaptation procedures with complete or partial return of motor and sensory function, which otherwise would be totally nonfunctional.’
      • ‘External coaptation is not recommended for these injuries, as these areas are not amenable to bandaging.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from late Latin coaptatio(n-), from the verb coaptare, from co- (from Latin cum with, together) + aptare (from aptus apt).

Pronunciation:

coaptation

/ˌkōapˈtāSH(ə)n/