retractor

noun re·trac·tor \ ri-ˈtrak-tər \

Definition of retractor

: one that retracts: such as
a : a surgical instrument for holding open the edges of a wound
b : a muscle that draws in an organ or part

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First Known Use of retractor

1615


Medical Dictionary

retractor

noun re·trac·tor \ ri-ˈtrak-tər \

medical Definition of retractor

: one that retracts: as
a : any of various surgical instruments for holding tissues away from the field of operation
b : a muscle that draws in an organ or part — compare protractor

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