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1. Surgery
a. catgut, silk thread, or wire used to stitch together two bodily surfaces
b. the surgical seam formed after joining two surfaces
2. Anatomy a type of immovable joint, esp between the bones of the skull (cranial suture)
3. Zoology a line of junction in a mollusc shell, esp the line between adjacent chambers of a nautiloid shell
4. Botany a line marking the point of dehiscence in a seed pod or capsule



the surgical uniting, chiefly by a surgical needle and suture material, of tissues cut during surgery or separated by an injury. Threads made of silk, linen, or Dacron and other polymeric materials are used in superficial sutures. In buried sutures, which are applied to internal organs and tissues, absorbable materials, such as catgut or biologically inert polymeric threads, are used; buried sutures are not removed.

One type of superficial suture, cosmetic suture, which is applied to the face, is made using threads of horsehair or thin ca-pron. Osteorrhaphy (osteosynthesis) is a type of buried suture. Primary, primo-secondary, and secondary sutures are distinguished on the basis of when the sutures are applied, which depends on the type of wound. The sutureless union of tissues is achieved with various adhesives made from polymeric materials (for example, cyanoacrylate) or with metal clamps.


A distinguishable line of union between two closely united parts.
A fine thread used to close a wound or surgical incision.
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The Ethicon Products non-absorbable product line includes synthetic sutures made of polyester nylon, and polypropylene, but also includes the PERMA-HAND Silk Suture made from natural silk.
Synthetic sutures of slow, medium and fast absorption.
Package 2 - non-absorbable synthetic suture polypropylene plastic deformation properties of the node and controlled-stretch
Zad 4 - Coated absorbed synthetic suture, braided: 90% glycolide and 10% L-lactide, coated with copolymer of glycolide and e-lactide (30/70) and calcium stearate: a period of 10-14 days supporting tissue: Tissue support 50 % five days, for a period of 42 days absorption
sterile (26mm),nonabsorbable synthetic suture (polypropylene) number 4-0 2.
aguja (34-37mm), sterile,2-0 nonabsorbable synthetic suture 2.
Washington, June 16 (ANI): A new research has suggested that synthetic sutures cause less pain than natural "catgut" sutures in women who receive stitches after a vaginal birth.
They drill tiny holes into the kneecap bone and then sew the tendon back onto the kneecap using synthetic sutures.

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