stylet

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noun sty·let \stī-ˈlet, ˈstī-lət\

Definition of stylet

  1. 1a :  a slender surgical probeb :  a thin wire inserted into a catheter to maintain rigidity or into a hollow needle to maintain patencyc :  a pointed instrument (as for graving)

  2. 2 :  a relatively rigid elongated organ or appendage (such as a piercing mouthpart) of an animal

  3. 3 :  stiletto

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Origin and Etymology of stylet

French, from Middle French stilet stiletto, from Old Italian stiletto — more at stiletto


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stylet

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noun sty·let \stī-ˈlet, ˈstī-lət\

Medical Definition of stylet

  1. 1 also stylette \stī-ˈlet\play a:  a slender surgical probeb:  a thin wire inserted into a catheter to maintain rigidity or into a hollow needle to maintain patency

  2. 2:  a relatively rigid elongated organ or appendage (as a piercing mouthpart) of an animal



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