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n 1 a  :  an act of closing up or condition of being closed up < of the eyelids>  <early of fontanels and sutures -W. A. D. Anderson>   b  :  a drawing together of edges or parts to form a united integument <wound by suture immediately after laceration>   2  :  a cap, lid, or stopper for sealing a container (as a serum vial)  3  :  the perception of incomplete figures or situations as though complete by ignoring the missing parts or by compensating for them by projection based on past experience .
Similar sounding terms:  kala-azar 

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