Definitions of dilator
  1. noun
    a muscle or nerve that dilates or widens a body part
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    body part
    any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
  2. noun
    a surgical instrument that is used to dilate or distend an opening or an organ
    synonyms: dilater
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    surgical instrument
    a medical instrument used in surgery
  3. noun
    a drug that causes dilation
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    vasodilative, vasodilator
    a drug that causes dilation of blood vessels
    Norvasc, amlodipine besylate
    a vasodilator (trade name Norvasc) taken in tablet form; prescribed for hypertension and angina pectoris
    amyl nitrate
    a vasodilator that is sometimes used to treat angina pectoris
    butyl nitrite, isobutyl nitrite
    a colorless pungent liquid sometimes used as a stimulant drug by drug abusers
    Hyperstat, diazoxide
    vasodilator (trade name Hyperstat) used to treat severe hypertension
    Apresoline, hydralazine
    an antihypertensive drug (trade name Apresoline) that dilates blood vessels; used (often with a diuretic) to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure
    Loniten, Rogaine, minoxidil
    a vasodilator (trade name Loniten) used to treat severe hypertension; one side effect is hirsutism so it is also sold (trade name Rogaine) as a treatment for male-patterned baldness
    Nitrospan, Nitrostat
    trade names for nitroglycerin used as a coronary vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris
    Peritrate, pentaerythritol
    a coronary vasodilator (trade name Peritrate) used to treat angina pectoris
    vasodilator that is used to treat spasms of peripheral blood vessels (as in acrocyanosis)
    Nitrospan, Nitrostat, glyceryl trinitrate, nitroglycerin, nitroglycerine, trinitroglycerin
    a heavy yellow poisonous oily explosive liquid obtained by nitrating glycerol; used in making explosives and medically as a vasodilator (trade names Nitrospan and Nitrostat)
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    a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic
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