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cerclage

[ sār-kläzh, sər- ]
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n.

The use of an encircling wire loop or ring to bring together the ends of an obliquely fractured bone or the fragments of a broken patella.tiring
The use of an encircling silicone band around the sclera of the eye to correct detachment of the retina.
The placement of a nonabsorbable suture around a functionally incompetent uterine cervix.

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