early 15c. (Chauliac), "surgical stitching of the lips or edges of a wound, etc.," from Latin sutura "a seam, a sewing together," from sutus, past participle of suere "to sew" (from PIE root *syu- "to bind, sew"). The anatomical meaning "a seam, a line of joining or closure" is from 1570s; the general sense of point of union of parts or sections" is from c. 1600.
"sew together with a suture or sutures," 1777, from suture (n.). Related: Sutured; suturing.
updated on September 07, 2022