cath·​e·​ter·​i·​za·​tion ˌka-thə-tə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce catheterization (audio)
: the use of or introduction of a catheter (as in or into the bladder, trachea, or heart)
catheterize transitive verb

Examples of catheterization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctor ordered a catheterization; Mr. Albright would be admitted overnight and fitted with a LifeVest, a round-the-clock external defibrillator for people at risk of sudden cardiac death. Emily Baumgaertner Brian Kaiser, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Medical experts have written in journal articles that when a transplant candidate has signs of pulmonary hypertension, additional testing, including what’s known as a right heart catheterization, should be done to more precisely determine the risk of complications during or after a transplant. Max Blau, ProPublica, 14 June 2023 Their goal: to get a patient into a catheterization lab to insert a stent - a tiny expandable metal mesh coil that once in place will keep an artery open - within 90 minutes of experiencing symptoms. Ken Budd, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2023 Gooley’s firm, Carlton Fields, is representing Hartford HealthCare and Dr. William Farrell, who ordered Mills be moved to the special catheterization unit after the COVID test came back. Dave Altimari and Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 13 Feb. 2023 It’s all done with needles, one in the groin and another in the foot, and catheterization, the use of a flexible tube, Shishehbor said. Jen Christensen, CNN, 29 Mar. 2023 The 86-bed facility includes emergency department services, operating rooms, catheterization labs, an intensive care unit, diagnostic services and imaging. William Thornton |, al, 13 Mar. 2023 Ford said her son had a heart condition and required catheterization in his late 20s. Doha Madani, NBC News, 9 Mar. 2023 Sherri Ford, Wilkerson's mother, said her son had a heart condition in his 20s that required a catheterization, according reporting from The Daily Independent. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 7 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catheterization was circa 1852

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Cite this Entry

“Catheterization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants or British catheterisation
: the use of or insertion of a catheter (as in or into the bladder, trachea, or heart)
catheterize transitive verb
or British catheterise
catheterized or British catheterised; catheterizing or British catheterising

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