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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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We got no sight of the countless treasures of art in the Louvre galleries that day, and our only poor little satisfaction was in the reflection that Ferguson sold not a solitary silk dress pattern.
I meant to have told you that we did not wish to purchase any silks to-day, but in my absent-mindedness I forgot it.
These white muslins and pretty silks will keep for years, so I should lay them by till they are needed.
And nothing could be nicer," cried Polly, making a dive among the silks Fan was turning over with a lost expression.
I've got my new pink silk for Thursday and don't want a thing.
There's no need of sending home, Daisy, even if you had a dozen, for I've got a sweet blue silk laid away, which I've outgrown, and you shall wear it to please me, won't you, dear?
Dorothy put on a green silk apron and tied a green ribbon around Toto's neck, and they started for the Throne Room of the Great Oz.
She was dressed in green silk gauze and wore upon her flowing green locks a crown of jewels.
If, for example, there should be a deposition of moisture upon the silk, and the machine begins to descend in consequence, there will be no necessity for discharging ballast to remedy the increase of weight, for it is remedied, or counteracted, in an exactly just proportion, by the deposit on the ground of just so much of the end of the rope as is necessary.
Every preparation likely to embarrass us, having been made over night, we commenced the inflation this morning at daybreak ; but owing to a thick fog, which encumbered the folds of the silk and rendered it unmanageable, we did not get through before nearly eleven o'clock.
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.
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?