catheter

noun

cath·​e·​ter ˈka-thə-tər How to pronounce catheter (audio)
ˈkath-tər
: a tubular medical device for insertion into canals, vessels, passageways, or body cavities usually to permit injection or withdrawal of fluids or to keep a passage open compare balloon catheter

Examples of catheter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These efforts include Class 100,000 cleanroom expansion, global customer expansion, world-class capabilities in extrusion, blow molding, braiding, balloon folding, and complex catheter process initiatives. Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 Patients who have been hospitalized for a long time or have a central venous catheter or other lines or tubes entering their body are at highest risk for infection, public health authorities say. Mary Hynes Las Vegas Review-Journal (tns), arkansasonline.com, 21 Nov. 2023 Surgical solutions such as catheter ablation were moved to a class 1 recommendation. Rachel Murphy, Verywell Health, 4 Jan. 2024 Among glass cases in which atherectomy catheters gleamed like luxury jewelry, hundreds of doctors convened at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs resort to learn how to bolster their businesses. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 12 Dec. 2023 Braeden said his frequent urge to urinate sent him to a doctor, and he was given a catheter and a plan for a new bladder treatment procedure. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 24 Apr. 2023 The robotic arm will be controlled remotely with the help of artificial intelligence for precise printing and the ink will be delivered by a catheter or a small syringe. Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 7 Dec. 2023 To monitor her heart and blood vessels, sometimes doctors will surgically insert a cardiac catheter into her chest. Jess Sims, SELF, 23 Oct. 2023 Webb County District Attorney's Office Investigators had also discovered a syringe wrapper on the floor and a needle catheter on the stairs. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 16 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, from Greek kathetēr, from kathienai to send down, from kata- cata- + hienai to send — more at jet

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catheter was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Catheter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catheter. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

catheter

noun
cath·​e·​ter ˈkath-ət-ər, ˈkath-tər How to pronounce catheter (audio)
: a tubular medical device for insertion into canals, vessels, passageways, or body cavities for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes (as to permit injection or withdrawal of fluids or to keep a passage open)

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