- the act of joining together by or as by sewing
- the line along which such a joining is made
- Anat. the joining together, or the irregular line of junction, of certain vertebrate bones, esp. of the skull
- a seam formed when two parts unite
- a line of dehiscence along which a fruit, as a pod or capsule, splits
- the act or method of joining together the two edges of a wound or incision by stitching or similar means
- any material, as gut, thread, wire, etc., so used
- a single loop or knot of such material made in suturing
Origin of sutureClassical Latin sutura from sutus, past participle of suere, to sew
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- a. The process of joining two surfaces or edges together along a line by sewing.b. The material, such as thread, gut, or wire, that is used in this procedure.c. The line or stitch so formed.
- Medicine a. The fine thread or other material used surgically to close a wound or join tissues.b. The stitch so formed.
- Anatomy The line of junction or an immovable joint between two bones, especially of the skull.
- 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 verbsu·tured, su·tur·ing, su·tures
Origin of sutureMiddle English from Latin sūtūra from sūtus past participle of suere to sew ; see syū- in Indo-European roots.
- A seam formed by sewing two edges (especially of skin) together.
- Thread used to sew two edges (especially of skin) together; stitch.
- (geology) An area where separate terranes join together along a major fault.
- (anatomy) A type of fibrous joint bound together by Sharpey's fibres which only occurs in the skull.
- (anatomy) A seam or line, such as that between the segments of a crustacean, between the whorls of a univalve shell, or where the elytra of a beetle meet.
(third-person singular simple present sutures, present participle suturing, simple past and past participle sutured)
- to sew up or join by means of a suture
From Latin sÅ«tÅ«ra (“suture").