in·​dwell·​ing ˈin-ˌdwe-liŋ How to pronounce indwelling (audio)
: being an inner activating or guiding force
: left within a bodily organ or passage especially to promote drainage
used of an implanted tube (such as a catheter)

Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indwelling was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Indwelling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition


in·​dwell·​ing ˈin-ˌdwel-iŋ How to pronounce indwelling (audio)
: 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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