Coaptation

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coaptation The adaptation or adjustment of parts to each other, as of a broken bone or dislocated joint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coaptation The adaptation or adjustment of parts to one another.
    • n coaptation In surgery, the act of placing the broken extremities of a bone in their natural position, or of restoring a luxated bone to its place; bone-setting.
    • n coaptation In anatomy, a kind of gliding articulation of one bone with another, as that of the patella with the femur.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coaptation ko-ap-tā′shun adaptation of parts to each other.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. coaptatio, fr. coaptare, to fit together; co-, + aptare,. See Aptate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

Harding approved entirely, and it was decided that the two wounds should be dressed without attempting to close them by immediate coaptation.
"The Mysterious Island" by Jules Verne
Relaxation stitches should be removed in four or five days, and stitches of coaptation in from seven to ten days.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Harding approved entirely, and it was decided that the two wounds should be dressed without attempting to close them by immediate coaptation.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
It is better to endeavor to obtain coaptation by means of bandages, plasters, or collodion.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
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