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ˈkæθ ɪ tərcatheter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catheternoun

    a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open


  1. catheternoun

    A small tube inserted into a body cavity to remove fluid, create an opening, distend a passageway or administer a drug

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catheternoun

    the name of various instruments for passing along mucous canals, esp. applied to a tubular instrument to be introduced into the bladder through the urethra to draw off the urine

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. a thing let down or put in, catheter, fr. to send down, to let down; + to send.]


  1. Catheter

    In medicine, a catheter is a thin tube extruded from medical grade materials serving a broad range of functions. Catheters are medical devices that can be inserted in the body to treat diseases or perform a surgical procedure. By modifying the material or adjusting the way catheters are manufactured, it is possible to tailor catheters for cardiovascular, urological, gastrointestinal, neurovascular, and ophthalmic applications. Catheters can be inserted into a body cavity, duct, or vessel. Functionally, they allow drainage, administration of fluids or gases, access by surgical instruments, and also perform wide variety of other tasks depending on the type of catheter. The process of inserting a catheter is catheterization. In most uses, catheter is a thin, flexible tube though catheters are available in varying levels of stiffness depending on the application. A catheter left inside the body, either temporarily or permanently, may be referred to as an indwelling catheter. A permanently inserted catheter may be referred to as a permcath. The ancient Syrians created catheters from reeds. "Katheter — καθετήρ" originally referred to an instrument that was inserted such as a plug. The word "katheter" in turn came from "kathiemai — καθίεμαι" meaning "to sit". The ancient Greeks inserted a hollow metal tube through the urethra into the bladder to empty it and the tube came to be known as a "katheter".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Catheter

    kath′e-tėr, n. a tube to be introduced through the urethra into the bladder to draw off the urine, or for injecting air or fluids into the Eustachian tube.—ns. Cath′eterism; Cathetom′eter, an instrument for measuring small differences of level of different liquids in tubes; Cath′etus, a straight line falling perpendicularly on another straight line or surface. [Gr. kathetos, perpendicular, kathetēr, from kathienai, to send down.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catheter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catheter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  1. Patricia Lauder:

    I had the procedure on Friday, removed the catheter on Saturday and was home Monday evening, i think the Fitbit actually helped her decide whether or not this was a serious condition at that time.

  2. Al Baccei:

    I would love to go into the water. That is something that I can't do now because of my peritoneal catheter.

  3. Roxana Mehran:

    This is a catheter-based procedure. What's most important for people to understand : We're not opening up anyone's chest, we like people to get up and move the next day. I think we would tell people to take a few days off before they ratchet it up, because we just want the arteries to heal.

  4. Alexandar Djelic:

    The swelling was so bad, the doctors had to cut away an outer part of my penis so I can urinate. I was put on a catheter, then got an infection, but survived the horror.

  5. Maureen Nemetski:

    I drilled a hole into her shin bone and placed an intraosseous line -- a bone catheter -- so that we could inject platelets and medications into her blood through her bone marrow. I can not imagine her parents' horror on hearing the crack of the drill bit into their baby's leg, we took turns pounding on this baby's chest and trying to pump air into lungs that had filled with blood.

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