Plural: sutures

1. A surgically made stitch or sewn seam, a fibre used for it, or a process of doing it.

2. Anatomical connections of bones resembling seams, such as in the skull.


Infinitive: suture
3rd person: sutures
Present: suturing
Gerund: suturing
Past: sutured
Perfect: sutured

To surgically saw together.


If I stabbed someone in the abdomen with that kitchen knife and then stitched up the wound, they might fall into shock from the pain I caused - and perhaps even die on the spot. However, the story would be very different if I had first put them under anaesthesia. After cutting open their tummy and suturing it up the same way, they would only suffer minor post-operative discomfort. The injury would be comparably damageous, but their overall condition should be more or less fine. (Context: Dr∙ Barton compares the outcomes of physical injuries with and without the influence of nerve-blocking medicines. He uses this analogy before going to compare somatic and mental traumas, including the role of neuro-psychiatric medications in healing. Source: J∙ Okram - The Mystery of the Rammed Key.)

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