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Related to chromic catgut: chromic suture
catgut impregnated with chromium salts to prolong its tensile strength and retard its absorption.
Etymology: Gk, chroma, color; L, catta; AS, guttas
surgical catgut that has been treated with chromium trioxide to strengthen it. It is an absorbable suture.
chro·mic cat·gut, chromic gut (krōmik katgŭt)
Catgut suture material impregnated with chromium salts to prolong its tensile strength and retard its absorption.
an absorbable sterile strand derived from the intestinal submucosa of sheep and fixed in formalin, used as a surgical ligature and suture.
treated with basic chromate salts; the suture does not absorb as much water as ordinary catgut and has a longer life and is stronger than the untreated product.