balloon catheter

noun

Definition of balloon catheter

: a catheter with an inflatable tip which can be expanded (as by air or water) especially to hold the catheter in place or to expand a partly closed or obstructed bodily passage, opening, or vessel (such as a coronary artery)

called also balloon-tipped catheter

— see balloon angioplasty

First Known Use of balloon catheter

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Balloon catheter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/balloon%20catheter. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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balloon catheter

noun
variants: also balloon-tipped catheter

Medical Definition of balloon catheter

: a catheter with an inflatable tip which can be expanded (as by air or water) especially to hold the catheter in place or to expand a partly closed or obstructed bodily passage, opening, or vessel (as a coronary artery) — see balloon angioplasty, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty

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