Definition of catgut in English:

catgut

Line breaks: cat¦gut
Pronunciation: /ˈkatgʌt
 
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noun

[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).
    More 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.

Origin

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

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