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ˈkæθ ɪ təˌraɪzcatheter·ize

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  1. catheterize, catheteriseverb

    insert a catheter into (a body part)

    "catheterize the patient's bladder"


  1. catheterizeverb

    To introduce a catheter into part of the body.


  1. catheterize

    In medicine, a catheter (/ˈkæθətər/) is a thin tube made 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. Catheters are manufactured for specific applications, such as cardiovascular, urological, gastrointestinal, neurovascular and ophthalmic procedures. The process of inserting a catheter is catheterization. In most uses, a catheter is a thin, flexible tube (soft catheter) 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" (for example, a peripherally inserted central catheter). A permanently inserted catheter may be referred to as a "permcath" (originally a trademark). Catheters can be inserted into a body cavity, duct, or vessel, brain, skin or adipose tissue. Functionally, they allow drainage, administration of fluids or gases, access by surgical instruments, and also perform a wide variety of other tasks depending on the type of catheter. Special types of catheters, also called probes, are used in preclinical or clinical research for sampling of lipophilic and hydrophilic compounds, protein-bound and unbound drugs, neurotransmitters, peptides and proteins, antibodies, nanoparticles and nanocarriers, enzymes and vesicles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catheterizeverb

    to operate on with a catheter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catheterize in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catheterize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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