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

First Known Use of central line

1983


Medical Dictionary

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 SetonThe New England Journal of Medicine29 Sept. 2011

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