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catgut

Pronunciation: kat′gŭt

Definition: An absorbable surgical suture material made from the collagenous fibers of the submucosa of certain animals (sheep or cows); misnamed catgut.

[probably from kit, a small violin, through confusion with kit, a small cat]

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