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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
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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.

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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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This low rate of complications could be due to meticulous and strong tendon repair in particular of continues peripheral running suture technique and also, early mobilization of the fingers in our patients.
We conclude that modified Kessler technique reinforced with continues running suture can provide enough strength at flexor tendon repair site to permit early gentle passive and active motion of the fingers.
The endostapler entry site was carefully closed with layer-to-layer sutures using running sutures in the mucosa and interrupted sutures in the seromuscular layer using absorbable monofilament suture.
The new method was introduced to repair a cyclodialysis cleft with two running sutures from the middle to each end of the cleft under the guidance of a probe.
End-to-end anastomosis was completed using running sutures with a 4-0 polypropylene thread.
You may find it helpful to partially close the cuff by placing a few running sutures from each angle and holding them prior to tying down the suspension sutures, then complete the cuff closure with the held sutures after tying the suspension sutures.
We typically incorporate a multilayer closure for the myometrium, using either interrupted sutures of 0-Vicryl on CT-2 needles cut to 6 inches, or running sutures of 0-Vicryl on CT-2 needles cut to 11 inches.
Barbieri recommends the use of running sutures and two-layer closure.
For closure of the rectal mucosa, fine (3-0 or 4-0) polyglycolic acid (PGA) interrupted sutures with a second imbricating layer work well, and for closure of the internal anal sphincter, which is often retracted laterally, fine PGA interrupted and running sutures are appropriate, she noted.