If your energetic dog gets his paws on your beloved teddy bear, and you don’t realize it until it’s too late, you might have to use a needle and thread to suture Teddy’s left arm back onto his body.

Derived from the Latin sutura, which means “a sewing together,” the word suture can function as both a verb and a noun. Teddy’s situation aside, this word almost always refers to stitches performed on the human body. To suture is to stitch up a wound or incision. When used as a noun, it can refer to either the thread used for the stitching or the seam that is created by this process.

Definitions of suture
  1. noun
    a seam used in surgery
    synonyms: stitch, surgical seam
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    type of:
    joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
  2. noun
    thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
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    type of:
    thread, yarn
    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
  3. noun
    an immovable joint (especially between the bones of the skull)
    synonyms: fibrous joint, sutura
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    coronal suture, sutura coronalis
    the suture between the parietal and frontal bones of the skull
    frontal suture, sutura frontalis
    the suture between two halves of the frontal bone (usually obliterated by the age of 6)
    intermaxillary suture, sutura intermaxillaris
    the suture between the two maxillae of the upper jawbone
    internasal suture, sutura internasalis
    the suture between the two nasal bones
    lamboid suture, sutura lamboidea
    the suture between the occipital and parietal bones
    occipitomastoid suture
    the suture between the occipital and the temporal bones; a continuation of the lamboid suture
    parietomastoid suture
    the suture between the parietal and the temporal bones
    interparietal suture, sagittal suture, sutura sagittalis
    the suture uniting the two parietal bones
    type of:
    articulatio, articulation, joint
    (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
  4. verb
    join with a suture
    suture the wound after surgery”
    synonyms: stitch
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    type of:
    put together with a seam
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