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retractor

noun re·trac·tor \ri-ˈtrak-tər\

Definition of RETRACTOR

:  one that retracts: as
a :  a surgical instrument for holding open the edges of a wound
b :  a muscle that draws in an organ or part

First Known Use of RETRACTOR

1837
Medical Dictionary

retractor

noun re·trac·tor \ri-ˈtrak-tər\

Medical Definition of RETRACTOR

:  one that retracts: as a :  any of various surgical instruments for holding tissues away from the field of operation b :  a muscle that draws in an organ or part—compare protractor

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