- The suturing together of the eyelid margins, partially or completely, to shorten the palpebral fissure or to protect the cornea in keratitis or in paralysis of the orbicularis oculi muscle. [tarso- + G. rhaphe, suture]
* * *tar·sor·rha·phy tär-'sȯr-ə-fē n, pl -phies the operation of suturing the eyelids together entirely or in part
* * *n.an operation in which the upper and lower eyelids are joined together, either completely or along part of their length. It is performed to protect the cornea or to allow a corneal injury to heal.
* * *tar·sor·rha·phy (tahr-sorґə-fe) [tarso- + -rrhaphy] suturing together of the upper and lower eyelids in order to shorten or close the palpebral fissure. See also partial t. and total t. Called also blepharorrhaphy.
Medical dictionary. 2011.