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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.
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Silken Dalliance raced close behind a strong pace, and took over the running in the hottest part of the race at halfway.
SILKEN DALLIANCE, whose two victories last autumn were tinged with controversy, has her first start for Ian Balding when she returns to action at Salisbury today, writes Jon Lees.
At the end, Boop was a puffy golden vision, Einstein looked more like a little brown lamb and Oscar sauntered away a distinguished silken gray.
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Most women and girls showed up in newly bought shalvar kamises - straight dresses over matching pants - made of silken, gem-colored fabrics.
SILKEN DALLIANCE aims to add some black type to her noteworthy autumn handicap successes when she runs for Lord Huntingdon in the Prix Isola Bella (Listed) at Saint-Cloud today, writes Desmond Stoneham.
As with many ethnic ballets, it is also subsidized by the performers, mostly devoted amateurs, who, for example, construct their own costumes by coaxing synthetics to simulate the shimmering pastels and silken drape of fine tapa, or bark cloth.
4) Tina Ivie serves a Strawberry Shake whipped up in a blender in a jiffy1 with silken tofu and frozen strawberries.
Just 24 hours after he had been cleared by the Disciplinary Committee of any breach of the rules over the running of Silken Dalliance, he was asked to explain the performance of another member of his stable.
His innate silken movement quality and reserve (and his hyperextended arms) help set him apart from ordinary life.
A Jockey Club inquiry at Portman Square yesterday considered the notorious recent history of Silken Dalliance, whose performance in finishing a disappointing 17th of 19th under O'Donohoe in the Rothmans Royals North South Challenge Series Semi-Final triggered the controversy.
Bailey writes that ``no plant is more brilliant in late spring or early summer than the oriental poppy, with its large flowers, silken petals and flaming colors.