cath·​e·​ter·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌka-thə-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce catheterization (audio) , ˌkath-tə-rə- \

Definition of catheterization

: the use of or introduction of a catheter (as in or into the bladder, trachea, or heart)

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catheterize \ ˈka-​thə-​tə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce catheterize (audio) , ˈkath-​tə-​ \ transitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web Examples might include an endoscopy or a heart catheterization that is not expected to involve significant hospital recovery time, Stack said Monday. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "When can I have surgery in Kentucky? Here's Beshear's plan for reopening health care," 27 Apr. 2020 The 40,000-square-foot expansion includes a cardiovascular operating room, a hybrid catheterization lab and 30 critical-care-capable beds, which brings the hospital’s total inpatient beds to 130. Naseem S. Miller,, "Health briefing: AdventHealth Nicholson Center launches Prototype Lab," 11 Dec. 2019 He was taken into a catheterization lab and then to an operating room, The New York Times report says. Rebekah Riess And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Neil Armstrong's family was paid $6 million dollars by a hospital in a wrongful death settlement," 24 July 2019 For example, patients in the Phoenix VA nursing home were half as likely to report constant pain, and had long-term catheterization one-third as often as other VA homes. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Prescott VA nursing home ranks among worst nationally, data show," 17 June 2018 When patients enter a hospital during a heart attack, some are immediately taken to a catheterization laboratory, said Robert Yeh, an interventional cardiologist and co-author of the study. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Cardiologist away? Then you might be more likely to survive a heart attack, study suggests," 9 Mar. 2018 One disorder, called single-ventricle disease, can lead to scarring in the liver and abnormal flow in the lymphatic system, which can be treated with a catheterization. Tom Avril,, "Infant heart surgery is just the start of lifelong issues. Doctors are developing new ways to cope," 9 Mar. 2018 There, the victim was sent to the catheterization laboratory for evaluation and fitted with a stent, Mehling said. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Grocery-shopping firefighters in Fishers save heart attack victim from checking out," 20 Feb. 2018 The new hospital also features advanced surgical suites and a catheterization laboratory with imaging equipment used in cardiac care. Stephen Hudak,, "Ambulances to carry patients from old Florida Hospital Apopka to new one," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of catheterization

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of catheterization was circa 1852

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“Catheterization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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variants: or British catheterisation \ ˌkath-​ət-​ə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌkath-​tə-​rə-​ How to pronounce catheterisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of catheterization

: the use of or insertion of a catheter (as in or into the bladder, trachea, or heart)

Other Words from catheterization

catheterize or British catheterise \ ˈkath-​ət-​ə-​ˌrīz, ˈkath-​tə-​ How to pronounce catheterise (audio) \ transitive verb catheterized or British catheterised; catheterizing or British catheterising

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