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catheter

noun cath·e·ter \ˈka-thə-tər, ˈkath-tər\

medical : a thin tube that is put into the body to remove or inject a liquid or to keep a passage open

Full Definition of CATHETER

:  a tubular medical device for insertion into canals, vessels, passageways, or body cavities usually to permit injection or withdrawal of fluids or to keep a passage open — compare balloon catheter
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Origin of CATHETER

Late Latin, from Greek kathetēr, from kathienai to send down, from kata- cata- + hienai to send — more at jet
First Known Use: 1601

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catheter

noun cath·e·ter \ˈkath-ət-ər, ˈkath-tər\

Medical Definition of CATHETER

:  a tubular medical device for insertion into canals, vessels, passageways, or body cavities for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes (as to permit injection or withdrawal of fluids or to keep a passage open)

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