indwelling

adjective in·dwell·ing \ ˈin-ˌdwe-liŋ \

Definition of indwelling

1 : being an inner activating or guiding force
2 : left within a bodily organ or passage especially to promote drainage used of an implanted tube (such as a catheter)

First Known Use of indwelling

1646

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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indwelling

adjective in·dwell·ing \ ˈin-ˌdwel-iŋ \

medical Definition of indwelling

: left within a bodily organ or passage to maintain drainage, prevent obstruction, or provide a route for administration of food or drugs used of an implanted tube (as a catheter)

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