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stylet

[stahy-lit] /ˈstaɪ lɪt/
noun
1.
a stiletto or dagger.
2.
any similar sharp-pointed instrument.
3.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a probe.
  2. a wire run through the length of a catheter, cannula, or needle to make it rigid or to clear it.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < French < Middle French stilet < Italian stiletto stiletto; -y- < Latin stylus. See style, stylus
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  • stylet strong, with prominent knobs sloping posteriorly.
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stylet

/ˈstaɪlɪt/
noun
1.
(surgery)
  1. a wire for insertion into a flexible cannula or catheter to maintain its rigidity or patency during passage
  2. a slender probe
2.
(zoology) any small pointed bristle-like part
Word Origin
C17: from French stilet, from Old Italian stiletto; influenced in spelling by Latin stylusstyle
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stylet in Medicine

stylet sty·let (stī-lět', stī'lĭt)
n.

  1. A fine wire that is run through a catheter, cannula, or hollow needle to keep it stiff or clear of debris.

  2. A slender surgical probe. Also called stylus.

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