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[stent] /stɛnt/
Medicine/Medical. a small, expandable tube used for inserting in a blocked vessel or other part.
Origin of stent
First recorded in 1960-65; origin uncertain
Can be confused
stent, stint. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have Set myself a stent and determine to read the 3d volume Half out.

    John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
  • We had finished our stent early the day of which I am writing.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • The time that the farm-boy gets for his own is usually at the end of a stent.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • I doubted if there could be any Fourth of July if my stent was not done.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
  • Mr. stent continued the pastor until he had completed eight years.

    The Church Index William Pepperell
  • If she were not playing, she had to sew or study or dust, or read a stent in a story-book.

    The Green Door Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I came first with a stent to knit on a garter, and we sat out here.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for stent


(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
Word Origin
C19: after Charles Stent (1807–85), English dentist
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Word Origin and History for stent

"tube implanted temporarily," 1964, named for Charles T. Stent (1807-1885), English dentist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stent in Medicine

stent (stěnt)

  1. A device that is used to maintain a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting, or to immobilize a skin graft following placement.

  2. 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.

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