• Simon Donell


Knots are integral to orthopedics, not only as part of the repair of tissues but also as a component of traction equipment. A stitch or suture is a loop of thread or yarn resulting from the passing of a needle. In surgery its function is to hold or bind tissues together. For the suture to maintain its function, it is secured by a knot. The word “knot” has a number of meanings in the English language. It can be:
  1. 1.

    Fastening made by looping a piece of string, rope, etc. on itself and tightening it

  2. 2.

    Tangled mass in something

  3. 3.

    Knob, protuberance, or node in a stem, branch, or root

  4. 4.

    Unpleasant feeling of tightness or tension in a part of the body

  5. 5.

    Small tightly packed group of people

  6. 6.

    Unit of speed equivalent to one nautical mile per hour

  7. 7.

    Small, relatively short-billed sandpiper (bird)



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwich Medical School, University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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