catheter

noun
cath·​e·​ter | \ ˈka-thə-tər How to pronounce catheter (audio) , ˈkath-tər \

Definition of catheter

: 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 Fecal matter had infected the man’s urinary catheter, the office said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2022 In one case, Homestead failed to care for a resident’s urinary catheter, causing a urinary tract infection. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2022 Contrast media, also known as dye, is used virtually every hour in hospitals across the country to help measure arterial blockages around the heart, guide placement of stents in catheter labs, diagnose and treat strokes, and more. Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Contrast media, also known as dye, is used virtually every hour in hospitals across the country to help measure arterial blockages around the heart, guide placement of stents in catheter labs, diagnose and treat strokes, and more. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Less than two hours after Kira Johnson's surgery to deliver their son, her husband noticed blood in her catheter bag, according to the lawsuit. Cheri Mossburg And Taylor Romine, CNN, 6 May 2022 The surgery was needed to insert a catheter in his neck for dialysis. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, 29 Apr. 2022 Following her diagnosis, Bieber was advised to undergo PFO closure, a procedure that involves a catheter guiding the placement of a permanent implant to seal the hole in the heart wall, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Serena Coady, SELF, 28 Apr. 2022 The curriculum covers the practical aspects of working in a nursing home: bed-making, catheter care, using a bedpan and transferring residents from a wheelchair to a bed. Sarah Varney, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catheter

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catheter

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

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17 Jul 2022

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“Catheter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catheter. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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catheter

noun
cath·​e·​ter | \ ˈkath-ət-ər, ˈkath-tər How to pronounce catheter (audio) \

Medical Definition of catheter

: 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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