Su"ture (?), n. [L. sutura, fr. suere, sutum, to sew or stitch: cf. F. suture. See Sew to unite with thread.]
The act of sewing; also, the line along which two things or parts are sewed together, or are united so as to form a seam, or that which resembles a seam.
2. Surg. (a)
The uniting of the parts of a wound by stitching.
The stitch by which the parts are united.
The line of union, or seam, in an immovable articulation, like those between the bones of the skull; also, such an articulation itself; synarthrosis. See Harmonic suture, under Harmonic.
4. Bot. (a)
The line, or seam, formed by the union of two margins in any part of a plant; as, the ventral suture of a legume.
A line resembling a seam; as, the dorsal suture of a legume, which really corresponds to a midrib.
5. Zool. (a)
The line at which the elytra of a beetle meet and are sometimes confluent.
A seam, or impressed line, as between the segments of a crustacean, or between the whorls of a univalve shell.
Glover's suture, Harmonic suture, etc. See under Glover, Harmonic, etc.
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