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silk

 
the protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects; silk obtained from the cocoons of the silkworm Bombyx mori is washed to remove the gum and braided for use as a nonabsorbable suture material. Silk from which the gum has not been removed, known as virgin silk, is used for extremely fine sutures in ophthalmic surgery.

silk

(silk),
The fibers or filaments obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm.

silk

(silk) the protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects; braided, degummed silk obtained from the cocoons of the silkworm Bombyx mori is used as a nonabsorbable suture material.

silk

Surgery A silkworm–Bombyx mori protein-based absorbable suture material, favored by many surgeons due to its superior handling characteristics; with time, silk loses strength and thus is not used for prosthetics–eg, Teflon vascular grafts or prosthetic heart valves, which require permanent sutures. Cf Catgut.

silk

(silk)
The fibers or filaments obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm.
[O.E. sioloc, fr. Chinese]

silk

continuous, protein filament produced by the larvae of Bombyx mori, the white silkworm moth. Used as a suture material.
References in classic literature ?
Why dost thou compel them to smear the cracks in their shoes, and to have the buttons of their coats, one silk, another hair, and another glass?
Sola motioned me to be seated upon a pile of silks near the center of the room, and, turning, made a peculiar hissing sound, as though signaling to someone in an adjoining room.
For example, there may be a deposition of dew upon the silk, to the extent, even, of several hundred pounds ; ballast has then to be thrown out, or the machine may descend.
It was the sweetest little room in the world, with a soft comfortable bed that had sheets of green silk and a green velvet counterpane.
It was usual for ladies who received in the evenings to wear what were called "simple dinner dresses": a close-fitting armour of whale-boned silk, slightly open in the neck, with lace ruffles filling in the crack, and tight sleeves with a flounce uncovering just enough wrist to show an Etruscan gold bracelet or a velvet band.
But never did vague conjecture or fruitless fears for the future lie with sufficient weight upon my mind to keep me from my rest, and so tonight I threw myself upon my sleeping silks and furs and passed at once into dreamless slumber.
One day Dan happened to mention that he thought of buying three or four silk dress patterns for presents.
He also provided himself with three thoroughly tested iron anchors, and a light but strong silk ladder fifty feet in length.
His vestments were of the richest silk, and around his neck was a fair chain of beaten gold.
Though I say it mysel, there's not a better silk in the valley of Strathmore.
Well, I make Assorted Flutters for flags and bunting, and a superior grade of Rustles for ladies' silk gowns.
So throughout the night the rose lay quietly on the Woodman's bosom, and in the morning, when Glinda summoned our friends to a consultation, Nick Chopper carried his pretty flower with him to the white silk tent.