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 But the anesthesiologist hired to place the catheter had not arrived, so everyone waited. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020 The first responders were able to place a catheter to the heart to provide rapid blood infusion, a similar concept to what the army has done in the field. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Man saved from shotgun blast reunites with life-saving Spring first responders," 10 June 2020 But the catheter was not connected to a collection container, so the fluid just spilled out. Carl Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "An Ethical Path to a Covid Vaccine," 3 June 2020 Securing the catheter of a central line to a vein in a Covid patient, Ibrahim ties the knots on top of the groove just the way his surgery mentor Lena Napolitano showed him. Elliott Woods, Wired, "‘Let’s Save Some Lives’: A Doctor’s Journey Into the Pandemic," 3 May 2020 One aide left a wet sheet under a resident whose catheter was leaking. Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of nursing homes with cases of coronavirus have violated infection control rules," 19 Apr. 2020 The psychotic episode happened after Detzel had spent days (and nights) of pushing the drug into the intravenous catheter that her caregivers were using to infuse antibiotics into her infected heart. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Meth is back and flooding the streets of Ohio and Kentucky, and it's uglier than ever," 13 Feb. 2020 According to a press release from the hospital, TAVR replaces the aortic valve through a catheter by groin access whereas open-heart surgery opens the chest to expose the heart. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "HCA Kingwood becomes 1st northeast Houston hospital to offer open-heart surgery alternative," 17 Dec. 2019 At issue is a device Aytu calls the Healight, a flexible catheter equipped with LEDs emitting UVA rays. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Cedars-Sinai got sucked into the battle over Trump’s claim of a COVID-19 treatment," 1 May 2020

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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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The first known use of catheter was in 1601

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16 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Catheter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catheter. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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catheter

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English Language Learners Definition of catheter

medical : a thin tube that is put into the body to remove or inject a liquid or to keep a passage open

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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