stylet

noun
sty·​let | \ stī-ˈlet How to pronounce stylet (audio) , 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

Examples of stylet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The procedure involves using a slender surgical probe known as a stylet to guide a tube down the woman's throat, according to Dr. Hudman Hoo, a pulmonologist and the medical director of St. Anthony's Hospital's ICU ward in St. Petersburg, Florida. Randi Kaye And Travis Caldwell, CNN, 11 Sep. 2021 It’s on the end of this stylet that receptors AsOr8 and AaOr49 are located. Popular Science, 20 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stylet. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for stylet

stylet

noun
sty·​let | \ stī-ˈlet How to pronounce stylet (audio) , ˈstī-lət How to pronounce stylet (audio) \

Medical Definition of stylet

1 also stylette \ stī-​ˈlet How to pronounce stylet (audio) \
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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