Foley catheter

noun
Fo·​ley catheter | \ ˈfō-lē- How to pronounce Foley catheter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Foley \ ˈfō-​lē How to pronounce Foley catheter (audio) \
plural Foley catheters also Foleys

Definition of Foley catheter

medical
: a thin, flexible catheter used especially to drain urine from the bladder by way of the urethra

Note: The Foley catheter is often referred to as an indwelling catheter because it can be left in place for extended periods of time.

Use of a Foley catheter is strongly recommended to monitor urine output …
— Andres M. Salazar If medications prove ineffective for BPH in a man who is unable to withstand the rigors of surgery, urethral obstruction and incontinence may be managed by intermittent catheterization or an in-dwelling Foley catheter.— Simeon Margolis

First Known Use of Foley catheter

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Foley catheter

after Frederic E. B. Foley †1966 American urologist, who designed it

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“Foley catheter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Foley%20catheter. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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Foley catheter

noun
Fo·​ley catheter | \ ˈfō-lē- How to pronounce Foley catheter (audio) \
variants: also Foley \ ˈfō-​lē How to pronounce Foley catheter (audio) \
plural Foley catheters also Foleys

Medical Definition of Foley catheter

: a thin, flexible catheter used especially to drain urine from the bladder by way of the urethra

Note: The Foley catheter is often referred to as an indwelling catheter because it can be left in place for extended periods of time.

Use of a Foley catheter is strongly recommended to monitor urine output and help maintain euvolemia through adequate fluid replacement.
— Andres M. Salazar If medications prove ineffective for BPH in a man who is unable to withstand the rigors of surgery, urethral obstruction and incontinence may be managed by intermittent catheterization or an in-dwelling Foley catheter.— Simeon Margolis

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