(noun) a thin flexible tube inserted into the body to permit introduction or withdrawal of fluids or to keep the passageway open

Source: WordNet® 3.1



catheter (plural catheters)

(medicine) A small tube inserted into a body cavity to administer a drug, create an opening, distend a passageway, or remove fluid.


• angiocath

• Foley catheter

• indwelling catheter

• microcatheter

• permcath

• thermocatheter


• Charette, catereth, charette, cheretta, createth

Source: Wiktionary

Cath"e*ter, n. Etym: [L., fr. Gr. (Med.)

Definition: The name of various instruments for passing along mucous canals, esp. applied to a tubular instrument to be introduced into the bladder through the urethra to draw off the urine. Eustachian catheter. See under Eustachian.

– Prostatic catheter, one adapted for passing an enlarged prostate.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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