cath

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noun

plural caths
: catheterization
especially : cardiac catheterization
… four or five low-risk caths could easily be done each day. David Guo
often used before another noun
Twenty minutes later, she was in the heart cath room where Drs. Maddox and Bronson spent the next two hours delicately pushing 3 stents into an artery … Roger Aiken

cath

2 of 4

verb

cathed; cathing

transitive verb

: to insert a catheter into (a patient) : to perform a catheterization procedure on (a patient)
… the nurse soon returned and said she had tried to cath the woman but couldn't find her urethra …Charles Hagen

cath

3 of 4

abbreviation

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cathartic
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cath-

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prefix

see cata-

Examples of cath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Within minutes of arriving at the emergency room, I was wheeled into the hospital's cath lab, where a cardiac team prepared to perform an emergency angioplasty. Donna Blass, Health, 4 Aug. 2023 In the cath lab, staff darted around the room, shaving parts of me that shouldn’t be shaved, inserting a catheter in an artery and injecting a dye to detect blockages on a screen. Ken Budd, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2023 But nearly five months after my visit to the cath lab, everything is happily back to normal. Ken Budd, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2023 Girn went back to the cardiac cath room and gathered his team, including the attending cardiologist, Enrique Ostrzega, for a brief conference. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2021 Ostrzega knew almost immediately that Girn made the right decision in keeping Louis out of the cath lab. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1976, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cath was in 1976

Dictionary Entries Near cath

Cite this Entry

“Cath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cath. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cath

1 of 3 noun
: catheterization
especially : cardiac catheterization
A routine catheterization takes no more than an hour. Allowing for preparation and cleanup time, that means four or five low-risk caths could easily be done each day. David Guo, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
often used before another noun
a cath lab

cath

2 of 3 transitive verb
: to insert a catheter into : subject to catheterization
… the nurse soon returned and said she had tried to cath the woman but couldn't find her urethra …Charles Hagen, in Emergency!: True Stories from the Nation's ERs

cath

3 of 3 abbreviation
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