Definition of coaptation in English:


Syllabification: co·ap·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkōˌapˈtāSHən


  • 1The adaptation or adjustment of things, parts, or people to each other.
  • 1.1 Medicine The drawing together of the separated tissue in a wound or fracture.
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    • Sciatic nerve epineural coaptation is performed by the trainee with the instructor assisting.
    • Generally if a surgical repair is mechanically inadequate, additional coaptation will not improve stability.
    • External coaptation is not recommended for these injuries, as these areas are not amenable to bandaging.


mid 16th century: from late Latin coaptatio(n-), from the verb coaptare, from co- (from Latin cum 'with, together') + aptare (from aptus 'apt').

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