stylet

noun
sty·​let | \stī-ˈlet, ˈstī-lət\

Definition of stylet 

1a : a slender surgical probe

b : a thin wire inserted into a catheter to maintain rigidity or into a hollow needle to maintain patency

c : a pointed instrument (as for graving)

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

3 : stiletto

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A tubule connected to the stylet acts as a tow line, which the predatory cell uses to draw the prey cell close enough to strike—at which point the predatory cell actually unzips its own cell membrane to engulf the prey cell. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "‘Gatling Gun’ Plankton Reveals Violent Microbial World," 5 Apr. 2017 Polykrikos cells have a capsule, called a nematocyst, that contracts to propel a sharp stylet through the water—and through the armor of another microbe. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "‘Gatling Gun’ Plankton Reveals Violent Microbial World," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of stylet

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stylet

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

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stylet

noun
sty·​let | \stī-ˈlet, ˈstī-lət \

Medical Definition of stylet 

1 also stylette \ stī-​ˈlet \

a : a slender surgical probe

b : a thin wire inserted into a catheter to maintain rigidity or into a hollow needle to maintain patency

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

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