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catheter

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Catheter \Cath"e*ter\, noun [L., fr. Gr. ? a thing let down or put in, catheter, fr. ? to send down, to let down; ? + ? to send.] (Med.) The name of various instruments for passing along mucous canals, esp. applied to a tubular instrument to be introduced into the bladder through the urethra to draw off the urine.

{Eustachian catheter}. See under {Eustachian}.

{Prostatic catheter}, one adapted for passing an enlarged prostate. Catheterism

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

catheter

noun

1: a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open


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