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. 2014.
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scrub nurse n.
A nurse who assists the surgeon in the operating room.

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Example sentences
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.
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