expander

noun
ex·​pand·​er | \ ik-ˈspan-dər How to pronounce expander (audio) \

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

Examples of expander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karl Lenhardt developed an expander dowel locking system that tightened and loosened with a twist. Andrew Freeman, Outside Online, 21 May 2012 In 2020, Dean completed chemotherapy, but not before she was faced with one emergency after another, as her body rejected the expander placed in her left breast. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 21 Apr. 2022 Local testability was simply incompatible with expander codes. Quanta Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 Sipser and Spielman worked out how to turn an expander graph into a code. Quanta Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 But expander graphs are actually surprisingly easy to create. Quanta Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 The suitcase is highlighted by its lighter weight (6.83 pounds), 1-inch expander, and exterior pockets for additional packing space. Carly Totten, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2021 This four-way shoe widener and expander is shaped specifically for wide feet, allowing those with EE size feet to properly fit into a pair of shoes. Chris Hachey, BGR, 21 May 2021 As mentioned above, gaming peripheral software works great as a replacement for a text expander. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 8 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of expander

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Expander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expander. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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expander

noun
ex·​pand·​er | \ ik-ˈspan-dər How to pronounce expander (audio) \

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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