|med a tube of plastic or sprung metal mesh placed inside a hollow tube to reopen it or keep it open; uses in surgery include preventing a blood vessel from closing, esp after angioplasty, and assisting healing after an anastomosis|
|[C19: after Charles Stent (1807--85), English dentist]|
|the innermost digit of the forelimb; thumb.|
|of or pertaining to the throat or neck.|
A device that is used to maintain a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting, or to immobilize a skin graft following placement.
A slender thread, rod, or catheter placed within the lumen of tubular structures, such as a blood vessel, to provide support during or after anastomosis.