catheter

[kath-i-ter]
noun Medicine/Medical.
a flexible or rigid hollow tube employed to drain fluids from body cavities or to distend body passages, especially one for passing into the bladder through the urethra to draw off urine or into the heart through a leg vein or arm vein for diagnostic examination.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Late Latin < Greek kathetḗr kind of tube, literally, something sent or let down, equivalent to kathe- (variant stem of kathiénai, equivalent to kat- cata- + hiénai to send, let go) + -tḗr agent suffix

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catheter (ˈkæθɪtə)
 
n
med a long slender flexible tube for inserting into a natural bodily cavity or passage for introducing or withdrawing fluid, such as urine or blood
 
[C17: from Late Latin, from Greek kathetēr, from kathienai to send down, insert]

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catheter
c.1600, from Fr. cathéter, from L.L. catheter "a catheter," from Gk. kathienai "to let down, thrust in," from kata "down" + stem of hienai "to send." Related: Catheterization (c.1850).
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catheter cath·e·ter (kāth'ĭ-tər)
n.
A hollow, flexible tube inserted into a body cavity, duct, or vessel to allow the passage of fluids or distend a passageway; its many uses include the diagnosis of heart disorders when inserted through a blood vessel into the heart.

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catheter   (kāth'ĭ-tər)  Pronunciation Key 
A hollow, flexible tube inserted into a body cavity, duct, or vessel to allow the passage of fluids or distend a passageway.
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catheter [(kath-uh-tuhr)]

A thin tube inserted into one of the channels or blood vessels in the body to remove fluids, create an opening into an internal cavity, or administer injections.

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Example sentences
It is also more common if a urinary catheter is placed.
Once the catheter is in place, dye is injected into the catheter.
The catheter will be moved forward into the right side of the heart.
Although surgery may be used to treat it, a nonsurgical technique called
  catheter ablation is becoming increasingly popular.
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