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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

silk

(silk),
The fibers or filaments obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

silk

(silk)
The fibers or filaments obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm.
[O.E. sioloc, fr. Chinese]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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The output of the workshop, as far as the quantity and the quality of silk brocades are concerned, was considerable.
Inspiration for modern pattern is drawn from all over the world, and ideas plundered from every period in history: silk brocades and damasks from the East, simple checks and stripes from Scandinavia, vibrant ethnic prints from India and Central America, delicate, painterly designs from China, and the rich history of botanical illustration and floral painting from the UK.
We were bored and begged those servants not to show us any more, and so they stopped; otherwise it would have been daybreak before they finished, but the silk brocades were really perfect and very worthy.