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verb (used with object), cath·e·ter·ized, cath·e·ter·iz·ing.
  1. to introduce a catheter into.
Also especially British, cath·e·ter·ise.

Origin of catheterize

First recorded in 1880–85; catheter + -ize
Related formscath·e·ter·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for catheterization

Historical Examples

  • If both sides be completely obstructed, the only method to adopt is catheterization from the mouth.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)


British Dictionary definitions for catheterization



  1. (tr) to insert a catheter into
Derived Formscatheterization or catheterisation, noun
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catheterization in Medicine


  1. To introduce a catheter into.
Related formscath′e•ter•i•zation (-rĭ-zāshən) n.
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catheterization in Culture



Insertion of a catheter into the body. Common types of this procedure include cardiac catheterization, in which a catheter is inserted into the heart through a vein in the arm to diagnose heart disease, and urinary bladder catheterization, in which a catheter is inserted into the urethra to permit urine to flow out of the urinary bladder.

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