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loop

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noun \ˈlüp\

Medical Definition of loop

  1. 1:  a curving or doubling of a line so as to form a closed or partly open curve within itself through which another line can be passed

  2. 2a:  something (as an anatomical part) shaped like a loop—see loop of henle; lippes loopb:  a surgical electrode in the form of a loop

  3. 3:  a fingerprint in which some of the papillary ridges make a single backward turn without any twist

  4. 4:  a wire usually of platinum bent at one end into a small loop (usually four millimeters in inside diameter) and used in transferring microorganisms



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