stent

[ stent ]
/ stɛnt /

noun

Medicine/Medical. a small, expandable tube used for inserting in a blocked vessel or other part.

Origin of stent

First recorded in 1960–65; origin uncertain

Can be confused

stent stint
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British Dictionary definitions for stent

stent

/ (stɛnt) /

noun

med a tube of plastic or sprung metal mesh placed inside a hollow tube to reopen it or keep it open; uses in surgery include preventing a blood vessel from closing, esp after angioplasty, and assisting healing after an anastomosis

Word Origin for stent

C19: after Charles Stent (1807–85), English dentist
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Medicine definitions for stent

stent

[ stĕnt ]

n.

A device that is used to maintain a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting, or to immobilize a skin graft following placement.
A slender thread, rod, or catheter placed within the lumen of tubular structures, such as a blood vessel, to provide support during or after anastomosis.
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