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cord made from the intestines of various animals (especially sheep and horses, but not cats). The membrane is chemically treated, and slender strands are woven together into cords of great strength, which are used for stringing musical instruments such as the violin and the harp. Roman strings, imported from Italy, are considered the best for musical instruments. Catgut is also used for stringing tennis rackets and for some surgical sutures.



cord made from the intestines of small cattle; a surgical sewing material. Catgut is used for internal sutures and for ligating blood vessels during operations. Catgut sutures are sometimes used externally under plaster casts. Catgut is absorbed by the tissues after seven to 30 days. [12–191–]


A thin cord made from the submucosa of sheep and other animal intestine; used for sutures and ligatures, for strings of musical instruments, and for tennis racket strings. Also known as gut.
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-- Stage V--connecting midline perivesical tissue with purse-string catgut suture and through piercing the fascia and muscle layer; thereby provided "strengthening" of the bladder and hemostasis simultaneously.
Retained placenta removed immediately before closure of incision of healthy uterus, it is closed with 2-0 chromic catgut suture material in double layer closure, first layer a simple continuous suture pattern followed by a second layer continuous cushing pattern.
The device has a cannula (needle) with a surface coating smoother than that of traditional catgut sutures, coupled with ultra-thin walls for maximum pain relief.
The defect was repaired with chromic catgut sutures. The patient had an uneventful recovery following the abortion.