central line

noun

Definition of central line

medical
: an IV line that is inserted into a large vein (such as the superior vena cava) typically in the neck or near the heart for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes (as to administer medicines or fluids or withdraw blood) Central lines transfuse IV fluids faster than standard IVs and are used to deliver medicines to sicker patients, usually in the intensive care unit or operating room.— Tim Friend

Examples of central line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book looks directly, unflinching, at the blood draw, the placement of the central line, the sheer horror of being that close to death. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Comments like this, that proliferated from conservatives on social media Thursday during Biden’s news conference, hearken back to a central line of attack employed by the Trump campaign during the 2020 presidential race. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 25 Mar. 2021 His decision not to prosecute became his Democratic opponent's central line of attack in the race. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 Recently, a central line was placed in Takyra’s chest to help ease the discomfort of constant blood draws and administering medicines, Vance said. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, 16 Oct. 2020 The hospital system’s coronavirus recovery center, which began accepting calls Wednesday, is a central line that patients can call in order to be matched up with the appropriate specialist or specialists, Kumar said. Emily Brindley, courant.com, 14 Oct. 2020 The next morning, the day he is scheduled for surgery to install a central line for chemotherapy drugs, Amylynne takes Nicholas straight to the emergency room. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Dec. 2010 During that procedure, Jaden will also receive a central line for chemotherapy, Joey says. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 28 Aug. 2020 Her challengers in the Democratic primary also made the Smollett case a central line of attack. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, 18 Aug. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'central line.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of central line

1983, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About central line

Time Traveler for central line

Time Traveler

The first known use of central line was in 1983

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near central line

central limit theorem

central line

central locking

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for central line

Cite this Entry

“Central line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20line. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for central line

central line

noun

Medical Definition of central line

: an IV line that is inserted into a large vein (as the superior vena cava) typically in the neck or near the heart for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes (as to administer medicines or fluids or withdraw blood) I had trained in the intensive care unit. I could start a central line, intubate a patient in respiratory failure, and insert a pacemaker.— Margaret Seton, The New England Journal of Medicine

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!