Definition of catgut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkatɡʌt/


[mass noun]
A material used for the strings of some musical instruments, made of the dried twisted intestines of sheep or horses (but not cats).
Example sentences
  • Earlier, patients had to buy all the essential items required for surgical operations such as gloves, catgut (surgical sutures), and even cleaning material like liquid iodine.
  • Women who consented to participate in the study were assigned randomly before labor to chromic catgut or fast-absorbing synthetic suture.
  • Strings were made from catgut: animal lovers will be relieved to know that wire is used today.


Late 16th century: the association with cat1 remains unexplained.

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