Definition of suture in US English:



  • 1A stitch or row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision.

    • ‘The distal sutures were removed from the incision and 30 cm 3 of purulent drainage was collected.’
    • ‘Compensatory growth, however, may occur in the direction of the suture. characteristic head shape results depending on which suture or sutures are fused.’
    • ‘The patient is encouraged to apply a new dressing daily to the surgical site to protect the sutures until they are removed.’
    • ‘You can buy medical travel kits from pharmacies, which contain sterilised and sealed medical equipment such as syringes, sutures and needles.’
    • ‘A follow-up appointment usually is made for one week postoperatively to remove facial sutures or remove graft dressings and absorbable suture dressings.’
    • ‘Wound edges can be approximated with sutures when an excisional biopsy is performed.’
    • ‘The sutures that hold the surgical incision together alter the surface shape of the cornea or the clear surface of the eye.’
    • ‘The sutures were removed one month postoperatively.’
    • ‘The connection can be accomplished by use of sutures, surgical staples, or a combination of both.’
    • ‘It was currently held together with sutures, stitches, skin grafts, and even a little metal.’
    • ‘On postoperative day six, Mr M's sutures were removed.’
    • ‘The product is composed of bioabsorbable polymers used in sutures, surgical meshes, and implantable devices.’
    • ‘If there is an angle between the anchor and the suture, the suture may have contact with the edges of the eyelet.’
    • ‘Surgeons might loosely stitch a suture and then let the polymer tighten itself.’
    • ‘At 2 weeks, the sutures were removed and the heel lifts were discontinued, but the cast boot was used for a total of 6 weeks except during therapy.’
    • ‘There is always a risk of infection and breakdown of sutures at the surgical site, and so it is very important that the family stay in close contact with the surgeon post-operatively.’
    • ‘Patients were instructed to return to the hospital clinic to have a Pediatric Foundation physician remove sutures and ensure that adequate healing was taking place without complications.’
    • ‘After placement of’ the clips, the stay sutures were cut and removed.’
    • ‘The nonabsorbable sutures were removed after one week, and patients were followed at intervals over 6 months.’
    • ‘Dressings were changed on the 2nd postoperative day, and the sutures were removed on day 12.’
    join, stitching, joint, junction, closure, line
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    1. 1.1 A thread or wire used for suturing a wound or incision.
      • ‘With the new barbed sutures, surgeons say, they can make a small incision, then use a long needle to thread the suture under the skin to the place where it needs to be anchored and tie it at the top.’
      • ‘The sutures were knotted around a bar as described.’
      • ‘The barbed suture lift, nicknamed the thread lift, is a quick outpatient procedure in which doctors thread serrated plastic sutures through the fatty layer beneath the face and use them to hoist sagging tissue.’
      • ‘Barbed sutures are a bit like barbed wire that have little cuts in the side of the suture, allowing the barb to catch when it is passed through tissue.’
      • ‘Threading the anchors with sutures instead of steel wire resulted in different fixation strengths.’
      • ‘The same suture is then threaded out externally through an aperture a few centimeters distal.’
      • ‘Techniques have been introduced to prevent overdrainage, such as using tight sutures that can be released either by pulling a slip knot or cutting with a laser.’
      • ‘Treatable causes of pseudoainhum include hairs, clothing, or even sutures.’
      • ‘We used No. 5 braided nonabsorbable polyester sutures to eliminate the effect of suture breakage on the ultimate strength of the repair.’
      • ‘We are having the most trouble with needle-stick injuries that occur when sutures are passed to and from surgeons.’
      • ‘By definition, surgery, requires the use of sharp instruments, sutures with needles, and speed, all of which create a hazardous work environment.’
      • ‘In the absence of today's modern materials he instigated the use of fine wire as a secure suture material.’
      • ‘He or she cuts the needles off the sutures; threads the first suture through a plastic disposable tourniquet; and places a hemostat on the ends of both aortic purse-string sutures.’
      • ‘The zipper is created by suturing bolsters to the eyelids and then threading a separate suture between the bolsters to draw the lid over the cornea.’
      • ‘The fascia layer is closed with #1 polyglactin sutures on a large taper needle.’
      • ‘Following the near-near passage of the needle, both ends of the suture thread should be tied on one side of the wound.’
      • ‘The anchor devices threaded with braided polyester sutures were loaded onto a delivery instrument and tapped with a mallet into the drill holes.’
      • ‘Mitchell explained that purse string sutures are placed to decrease the size of the ventricle.’
      • ‘The free ends of the graft were then secured on the medial side of the coracoid by tying the tendon ends into a double surgical knot and by using supplemental side-to-side sutures on the knot.’
      • ‘She then placed 10 - Fr red rubber catheters with rummels on the purse string sutures and began cannulation.’
    2. 1.2 The action of stitching together the edges of a wound or incision.
      • ‘I wonder how many of you even use suture as we knew it in 1991 with your perioperative patients?’
      • ‘The wounds are closed with subcuticular polyglycolic acid suture and steristrips.’
      • ‘An interlocking suspension suture is then used to deepen the cervical mental angle, suspend the submandibular gland, and define the jaw line.’
      • ‘He or she closes the umbilical wound with interrupted 2-0 polyglactin suture.’
      • ‘We calculated length of procedure as time in minutes from first incision to last suture and length of stay as operation to day of discharge.’
      • ‘The subcuticular layer was closed with 3-0 polyglycolic suture.’
      • ‘Secure CT to skin with suture and cover incision site with vaseline gauze and/or TegadermR dressing.’
      • ‘After the right pulmonary artery is cleared of all thrombotic material, the surgeon closes the vessel with 5-0 polypropylene suture in two continuous layers.’
      • ‘Intraoperative examination of the heart revealed a 3.5-cm-diameter defect in the right atrium near the appendage, which was repaired with suture.’
      • ‘Closure of the small umbilical incision usually is done with interrupted and then continuous absorbable suture.’
      • ‘In combination with the No. 5 suture, the site of failure was shifted more to the anchor.’
      • ‘As these authors point out, the decision to suture is usually made rapidly, based on experience and ‘usual practice.’’
      • ‘Another limitation is that we did not measure the effects of repairing the parapatellar incision with suture.’
      • ‘The incision is sewn together with very small suture and usually heals quickly.’
      • ‘If the wound shows no signs of infection, necrosis, or residual contamination it can be closed by suture or a split skin graft.’
      • ‘He or she places the third purse-string suture in the lowest portion of the right atrium near its junction with the inferior vena cava.’
      • ‘The addition of suture as ‘stay sutures’ and for triangulation and for repair of anastomotic leaks may have helped reduce the blood loss.’
      • ‘The surgeon closes the right atrium, right atrial appendage, and small connecting incisions with 4-0 polypropylene suture.’
      • ‘The wounds are closed with either suture or glue.’
      • ‘In this experiment, different types of suture were used for each repair.’
  • 2An immovable junction between two bones, such as those of the skull.

    • ‘Given that it is possible for movement to occur at the AO joints, temperomandibular joints, sutures of the skull and hyoid bone, it is not so surprising to find that compensations may occur which can lead to symptoms.’
    • ‘The researchers then gave the female mice a heart attack by tying a suture around a coronary artery commonly blocked in human disease.’
    • ‘Term infants have well-formed skull bones separated by strips of connective tissue, sutures, and fontanelles.’
    • ‘The teeth are fully erupted and exhibit wear, and the sutures of the skull are partly fused.’
    • ‘We did not include unsexed adults and did not measure skull length of subadult individuals with unfused cranial sutures.’
    • ‘Craniosynostosis is the second most common birth defect in the face and skull of children, and defined as the premature fusion of the skull bones at the sutures.’
    • ‘The premature fusion of one or more of the cranial sutures between the cranial bones is referred to as craniosynostosis.’
    • ‘The neurosurgeon reduces the occipital protuberance by securing the central sagittal strip to the occipital bones using nonabsorbable sutures or 28-g surgical steel wire.’
    • ‘Wider bone bridges resulted in suture failure, and the intent was to test pull-through of sutures through scaffold or bone or both.’
    • ‘He could tell from the sutures of the skull that two of them were merely cubs.’
    • ‘The brain showed extensive postsurgical changes, including a small occipital subdural hematoma, sutures within the dura, and a ventriculostomy tract in each frontal lobe.’
    • ‘A zygomatic bone may also be tripartite, possessing extra sutures and accessory bones.’
    • ‘In very rare cases, vertical sutures divide the parietal bone into three or four parts.’
    • ‘The petrosquamous suture of the temporal bone sometimes persists.’
    • ‘The unfused interfrontal, coronal, and sagittal sutures are indicated in the skull of a wild-type littermate.’
    • ‘Sutural bones are usually small, irregularly shaped ossicles, often found in the sutures of the cranium, especially in the parietal bones.’
    • ‘Rarely, the internasal suture is obliterated by the fusion of nasal bones.’
    • ‘When babies are born, they have gaps called sutures between the plates of bone that make up the skull.’
    • ‘As the brain expands, growth of the skull is coordinated along the cranial sutures.’
    • ‘The infraorbital canal may be shifted laterally as far as the suture between the maxilla and zygomatic bones.’
    1. 2.1Zoology A junction between the sclerites of an insect's body.
      • ‘Common are paired dorsal scars immediately in front of the last suture on the dorsal or dorsolateral side of the body.’
      • ‘The sutures between individual rays of the segmented sclerites show that the iron minerals were formed within the inner cavities but did not fill them completely, since the sclerites are still hollow.’
      • ‘The basis for the confusion arises from the visible suture between somites 4 and 5, which suggests that the fusion is not complete.’
      • ‘The suture between the dentary and postsplenial and splenial is partly visible on the latter, where it is marked by striae.’
      • ‘This is a small holopid with rounded whorls, deep sutures and a body whorl bearing coarse collabral threads.’
      join, joint, intersection, link, bond, weld, seam, coupling, connection, union, juncture
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    2. 2.2Geology A line of junction formed by two crustal plates which have collided.
      • ‘Investigations of terranes within the suture provide insights into the architecture and evolution of the Tethyan Ocean interior.’
      • ‘Remnants of oceanic lithosphere that became trapped along the suture between the colliding continents provide important information about the pre-collisional history of the orogen.’
      • ‘The collision was followed by rifting of the Cimmerian suture during Early Jurassic time to form a new oceanic basin between the Taurides-Anatolides and Eurasia.’
      • ‘The presence of this seaway is consistent with geophysical and geological evidence for a suture between the two massifs.’
      • ‘The faunas and palaeomagnetic properties of each separate terrane that these sutures enclose must be collected, identified, analysed and assessed in relation to all the other terranes.’


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  • Stitch up (a wound or incision) with a suture.

    ‘the small incision was sutured’
    • ‘The surgeon performs a capsulorrhaphy by suturing the anterior capsule to decrease the occurrence of postoperative hip dislocation.’
    • ‘Some of the changes could be rectified by reverse lid suturing - that is, opening the sutured lids of the visually-deprived eye and suturing the lids of the fellow eye.’
    • ‘After insertion, catheters were sutured to the skin and covered with gauze and an occlusive dressing.’
    • ‘A gold plaque with a plastic seed carrier containing the proper dosage and configuration of radioactive iodine seeds was sutured to the outside of the eye over the base of the tumor.’
    • ‘This procedure involves inverting the diverticular sac and suspending it by suturing it to the prevertebral fascia so it cannot fill.’
    • ‘The anterior horn of the transplanted meniscus was then sutured to the native meniscus with No. braided nonabsorbable sutures through the arthrotomy.’
    • ‘As MH, the family nurse practitioner, cleaned and sutured the wound, the patient punctuated the air with Henny Youngman-type one-liners.’
    • ‘Bleeding on the scalp is best controlled by suturing the wound.’
    • ‘The current method of attaching conjunctival autografts is by suturing; however, suturing requires a high degree of surgical skill and prolonged operating time.’
    • ‘The incision was carefully sutured and the wound dabbed with 0.2 per cent gentian violet solution and boric acid powder.’
    • ‘Special cuffs with quick-connect devices are sutured to the pulmonary artery and aorta.’
    • ‘Symbolising this new unity of purpose are the seven bridges that span the watery divide, like seven steel stitches suturing the two together.’
    • ‘The medial and anterior part of the transplant was sutured with interrupted stitches.’
    • ‘The incision was sutured and the animal was monitored during the recovery period before it was returned to its tank.’
    • ‘It is possible that the extra scarring created by not suturing the wound may result in more widespread scar formation and, consequently, a decreased chance of recurrence of the cyst.’
    • ‘Suppose we had sutured the wound shut, it would have healed faster.’
    • ‘Meniscal injuries were treated arthroscopically by rasping, suturing, or partial meniscectomy, according to the size and location of the lesion.’
    • ‘Techniques for circumcision vary from excision without suturing to wound approximation with sutures and the use of tissue glue.’
    • ‘The posterior triceps fascia is then sutured to the medial epicondyle to close the cubital tunnel, and the flexor carpi ulnaris fascial split is reapproximated loosely.’
    • ‘This skin is pulled up by one to two cm over the incision area and sutured tightly.’


Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin sutura, from suere ‘sew’.