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stylet

[ stahy-lit ]

noun

  1. a stiletto or dagger.
  2. any similar sharp-pointed instrument.
  3. Medicine/Medical.
    1. a probe.
    2. a wire run through the length of a catheter, cannula, or needle to make it rigid or to clear it.


stylet

/ ˈstaɪlɪt /

noun

  1. surgery
    1. a wire for insertion into a flexible cannula or catheter to maintain its rigidity or patency during passage
    2. a slender probe
  2. zoology any small pointed bristle-like part


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Word History and Origins

Origin of stylet1

1690–1700; < French < Middle French stilet < Italian stiletto stiletto; -y- < Latin stylus. See style, stylus

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Word History and Origins

Origin of stylet1

C17: from French stilet, from Old Italian stiletto ; influenced in spelling by Latin stylus style

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Example Sentences

To locate a suitable place to penetrate her host, the female mosquito vibrates her stylets, a bit like starting up a drill.

It’s on the end of this stylet that receptors AsOr8 and AaOr49 are located.

We then let the shutter fall, when the little stylet will inscribe a certain number of vibrations.

Leaves abruptly pinnate, the place of the odd leaflet taken by a stylet.

Leaves opposite, abruptly pinnate with a stylet in place of the odd leaflet.

Leaves 1½–2° long, opposite, abruptly pinnate, a thick stylet taking the place of the odd leaflet.

It contained three instruments all of silver, a cyathiscomele, a grooved director, and a plain double-ended stylet.

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