needlestick

noun

nee·​dle·​stick ˈnē-dᵊl-ˌstik How to pronounce needlestick (audio)
: an accidental puncture of the skin with an unsterilized instrument (such as a syringe)

called also needlestick injury

Examples of needlestick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In light of alarming statistics surrounding needlestick injuries, BioMedical Waste Solutions, a leading national medical waste disposal company, is taking a proactive approach to raise awareness about the risks associated with improper disposal of medical waste (needles). Charlotte Observer, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of needlestick was in 1975

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“Needlestick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/needlestick. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

needlestick

noun
nee·​dle·​stick ˈnēd-ᵊl-ˌstik How to pronounce needlestick (audio)
: an accidental puncture of the skin with an unsterilized instrument (as a syringe)

called also needlestick injury

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