Definition of coaptation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkōapˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌkoʊæpˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


  • 1The adaptation or adjustment of things, parts, or people to each other.

    1. 1.1Medicine The drawing together of the separated tissue in a wound or fracture.
      ‘Sciatic nerve epineural coaptation is performed by the trainee with the instructor assisting.’
      • ‘Generally if a surgical repair is mechanically inadequate, additional coaptation will not improve stability.’
      • ‘External coaptation is not recommended for these injuries, as these areas are not amenable to bandaging.’
      • ‘The patients underwent the new bypass coaptation procedures with complete or partial return of motor and sensory function, which otherwise would be totally nonfunctional.’
      • ‘Most repairs result in downsizing the effective orifice area in order to increase coaptation with the available cusp area.’


Mid 16th century from late Latin coaptatio(n-), from the verb coaptare, from co- (from Latin cum ‘with, together’) + aptare (from aptus ‘apt’).