Retractor

Surgical instrument used to hold cavity open.
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retractor

[n] - surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision
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Retractor

Re·tract'or (-ẽr) noun One who, or that which, retracts. Specifically: (a) In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel. (b) (Surg.) An instrument for holding apart the edges of a wound during amputation. (c) (Surg.)
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retractor

One who, or that which, retracts. Specifically: ... In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel. ... <anatomy> A muscle serving to draw in any organ or part. ... Source: Websters Dictionary ... (01 Mar 1998) ...
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retractor

noun surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision
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retractor

(re-trak´tәr) an instrument for holding open the edges of a wound or drawing back structures. a muscle that draws a part back.
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Retractor

• (n.) In breech-loading firearms, a device for withdrawing a cartridge shell from the barrel. • (n.) An instrument for holding apart the edges of a wound during amputation. • (n.) A bandage to protect the soft parts from injury by the saw during amputation. • (n.) One who, or that which, retracts. • (n.) A muscle serving t
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retractor

Type: Term Pronunciation: rē-trak′tŏr, -tōr Definitions: 1. An instrument for drawing aside the edges of a wound or for holding back structures adjacent to the operative field. 2. A muscle that draws a body part backward, the middle part of the trapezius muscle is a retractor of the scapula; the horizontal fibers of the tempora
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Retractor

[medical] A retractor is a surgical instrument by which a surgeon can either actively separate the edges of a surgical incision or wound, or can hold back underlying organs and tissues, so that body parts under the incision may be accessed. The two are each available in many shapes, sizes, and styles. The general term retractor usually desc
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