- a stiletto or dagger.
- any similar sharp-pointed instrument.
- a probe.
- a wire run through the length of a catheter, cannula, or needle to make it rigid or to clear it.
Origin of stylet
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Stylet: a small style or stiff process: one of the piercing mouth structures in Diptera and Hemiptera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Leaves alternate, pinnate with stylet in place of the odd leaflet.
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.
The question being asked, 'How can the stylet be procured to satisfy curiosity?'Eccentricities of the Animal Creation.
- a wire for insertion into a flexible cannula or catheter to maintain its rigidity or patency during passage
- a slender probe
- zoology any small pointed bristle-like part
C17: from French stilet, from Old Italian stiletto; influenced in spelling by Latin stylus style
- A fine wire that is run through a catheter, cannula, or hollow needle to keep it stiff or clear of debris.
- A slender surgical probe.stylus
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