central line

noun

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 Blue questioned his ability to place a central line while Lucas worried Simone had told the hospital lawyers about their unauthorized procedure. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 The lawsuit alleges that during Wilson’s hospitalization, Schofield had been told to attach bags of the powerful painkiller fentanyl to a programmable pump, which delivered the medication to Wilson through a central line. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 2 Mar. 2024 By this point in the event, the duration of totality along the central line will have already fallen off from its peak — about 4 minutes, 30 seconds near Nazas, Mexico — to just over 3 minutes, 30 seconds, according to NASA. Eric Henderson, CBS News, 1 Apr. 2024 Cloud amounts are about 10 percent lower over the southern side of the central line, favoring locations near Millinocket in Maine and Oromocto in New Brunswick. Jay Anderson, Discover Magazine, 21 Feb. 2024 In private equity hospitals, patients experienced a 27 percent increase in falls, a 38 percent increase in central-line bloodstream infections (despite placing 16 percent fewer central lines than control hospitals), and surgical site infections doubled. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2024 In June, Shelby returned to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and had surgery to place a central line — a semi-permanent IV port in her chest. Brittany Trang, STAT, 13 Dec. 2023 That became the central line of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 Comments like this, which proliferated from conservatives during Biden’s Thursday news conference, hearken back to a central line of attack deployed by the Trump campaign during the 2020 presidential race. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 25 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of central line was in 1983

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“Central line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20line. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

central line

noun
: 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
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