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or fix·at·er

  1. a device incorporating a metal bar and pins that is used in stabilizing difficult bone fractures.
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Origin of fixator

First recorded in 1870–75; fix + -ator
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Historical Examples

  • It is in consequence of the digestion of vaccinal products that the phagocytes manufacture the fixator.

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fixator in Medicine


(fĭksā′tər, fĭk-sātər)
  1. A device that provides rigid immobilization of a fractured bone by means of rods attached to pins that are placed in or through the bone.
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