Definition of coaptation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōapˈtāSH(ə)n/


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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: co·ap·ta·tion

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