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[troh-kahr] /ˈtroʊ kɑr/
noun, Surgery.
a sharp-pointed instrument enclosed in a cannula, used for withdrawing fluid from a cavity, as the abdominal cavity.
Origin of trocar
1700-10; earlier trocart < French, literally, three-sided, equivalent to tro- (variant of trois three) + cart, variant of carre side < Latin quadra something square Unabridged
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a surgical instrument for removing fluid from bodily cavities, consisting of a puncturing device situated inside a tube
Word Origin
C18: from French trocart literally: with three sides, from trois three + carre side
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trocar in Medicine

trocar tro·car (trō'kär')
A sharp-pointed surgical instrument, used with a cannula to puncture a body cavity for fluid aspiration.

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