expander

noun
ex·pand·er | \ ik-ˈspan-dər \

Definition of expander 

: one that expands specifically : any of several colloidal substances (such as dextran) of high molecular weight used as a blood or plasma substitute for increasing the blood volume

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After the expanders were put in I did notice that my left side sat a little bit higher and was firmer. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Self-Inflated Her Breast Implants to Weigh 20 Lbs.: 'I Love Being in Control'," 12 June 2018 Several factors provided a measure of political cover for House expanders. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "A key Virginia GOP state senator says he is willing to break ranks and vote to expand Medicaid," 6 Apr. 2018 The first phase begins around age 8, lasts about 12 months, and often includes a combination of braces and a palate expander, a therapy used to widen the upper jaw. Anna Nguyen, Philly.com, "What's the latest in orthodontic care?," 6 Apr. 2018 On a long-term note, Jupiter — Mr. Lucky, the great expander — remains in determined Scorpio through most of the year, a positive placement. Minerva, San Francisco Chronicle, "Minerva’s astrological predictions for 2018," 4 Jan. 2018 More procedures followed, including placement of tissue expanders below the skin where their foreheads joined. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Born joined at the head, twins can now sit side by side. Next stop: home.," 22 Oct. 2017 Like water balloons filled with saline solution, the expanders slowly stretched the skin to cover the gap when the twins were separated. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Born joined at the head, twins can now sit side by side. Next stop: home.," 22 Oct. 2017 In the Belmont Plaza drugstore Road Runner is now outfitting her with eye expanders, false lashes from Andrea’s European Hair collection. Gail Sheehy, Daily Intelligencer, "Wide Open City/Part II: Redpants and Sugarman," 9 Sep. 2017 So here goes with a far from complete itemization of the year’s great conversation starters — and continuers and expanders — in the New York theater. Ben Brantley And Charles Isherwood, New York Times, "The Best Theater of 2016," 6 Dec. 2016

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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expander

noun
ex·pand·er | \ ik-ˈspan-dər \

Medical Definition of expander 

: any of several colloidal substances (as dextran) of high molecular weight used as a blood or plasma substitute for increasing the blood volume

called also extender

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