synthetic nonabsorbable suture
synthetic nonabsorbable sutureSurgery An inert suture material that is stronger than wire, that minimizes 'spitting' but does not 'handle' as well as silk; NSs are required for cardiovascular surgery as they must function indefinitely; vascular anastomoses using prothetic grafts and NSs may lead to aneurysm formation. See Surgical closure. Cf Absorbable suture.
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