central venous catheter


A catheter passed through a peripheral vein and ending in the thoracic vena cava; it is used to measure venous pressure or to infuse concentrated solutions.

Nearby words

  1. central treaty organization,
  2. central valley,
  3. central vein of retina,
  4. central vein of suprarenal gland,
  5. central veins of liver,
  6. central venous pressure,
  7. central vision,
  8. central-fire,
  9. centralia,
  10. centralise

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