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scrub nurse

a nurse specially trained to assist surgeons in the operating room and serving as part of the surgically clean medical team handling instruments during an operation.
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Positioned over the incision, my gloved hand would receive the slap of the loaded needle holder from the scrub nurse.
  • The charge nurse is also available to temporarily replace the scrub nurse during long operations.
scrub nurse in Medicine

scrub nurse n.
A nurse who assists the surgeon in the operating room.

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