Origin of retractor
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The back of the scoop was used as a retractor for delicate structures.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
These consist of four straight muscles, two oblique, and one retractor.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Scotty pulled the retractor of his rifle and a cartridge rammed into the firing chamber.The Golden Skull
Paresi took tweezers, a retractor, two scalpels and a hypodermic case out of the kit and laid them in a neat row on the bunk.Breaking Point
James E. Gunn
There is, however, another muscle—the Retractor oculi—belonging to the same group which is innervated by the VIth nerve.The Origin of Vertebrates
Walter Holbrook Gaskell
- anatomy any of various muscles that retract an organ or part
- surgery an instrument for holding back the edges of a surgical incision or organ or part
- a person or thing that retracts
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- A surgical instrument used to hold back organs or the edges of an incision.
- A muscle, such as a flexor, that retracts an organ or a part.
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