medical instrument

Definitions of medical instrument
  1. noun
    instrument used in the practice of medicine
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    ballistocardiograph, cardiograph
    a medical instrument that measures the mechanical force of cardiac contractions and the amount of blood passing through the heart during a specified period by measuring the recoil of the body as blood is pumped from the ventricles
    bronchoscope
    a slender tubular instrument used to examine the bronchial tubes
    cardiograph, electrocardiograph
    medical instrument that records electric currents associated with contractions of the heart
    dialysis machine, dialyzer
    a medical instrument for separating substances in solution by unequal diffusion through semipermeable membranes
    diathermy machine
    a medical instrument for local heating of bodily tissues for medical purposes
    electroencephalograph
    medical instrument that records electric currents generated by the brain
    electromyograph
    a medical instrument that records the electrical waves associated with the activity of skeletal muscles
    endoscope
    a long slender medical instrument for examining the interior of a bodily organ or performing minor surgery
    fiberscope
    a flexible medical instrument involving fiber optics that is used to examine internal organs
    keratoscope
    medical instrument to examine the cornea in order to detect irregularities in its anterior surface
    laryngoscope
    a medical instrument for examining the larynx
    ophthalmoscope
    medical instrument for examining the retina of the eye
    auriscope, auroscope, otoscope
    medical instrument consisting of a magnifying lens and light; used for examining the external ear (the auditory meatus and especially the tympanic membrane)
    polygraph
    a medical instrument that records several physiological processes simultaneously (e.g., pulse rate and blood pressure and respiration and perspiration)
    rhinoscope
    medical instrument consisting of a mirror mounted at an angle on a rod; used to examine the nasal passages (through the nasopharynx)
    speculum
    a medical instrument for dilating a bodily passage or cavity in order to examine the interior
    stethoscope
    a medical instrument for listening to the sounds generated inside the body
    surgical instrument
    a medical instrument used in surgery
    syringe
    a medical instrument used to inject or withdraw fluids
    thermograph
    medical instrument that uses an infrared camera to reveal temperature variations on the surface of the body
    arthroscope
    a type of endoscope that is inserted into a joint for visual examination
    artificial kidney, hemodialyzer
    a machine that uses dialysis to remove impurities and waste products from the bloodstream before returning the blood to the patient's body
    colonoscope
    an elongated fiberoptic endoscope for examining the entire colon from cecum to rectum
    culdoscope
    a specialized endoscope for visually examining a woman's pelvic organs
    curet, curette
    a surgical instrument shaped like a scoop to remove tissue from a bodily cavity
    dermatome
    a surgical instrument used to cut very thin slices of skin
    dilater, dilator
    a surgical instrument that is used to dilate or distend an opening or an organ
    douche, douche bag
    a small syringe with detachable nozzles; used for vaginal lavage and enemas
    fetoscope, foetoscope
    a stethoscope placed on the pregnant woman's abdomen to listen for the fetal heartbeat
    gastroscope
    a type of endoscope for visually examining the stomach
    haemostat, hemostat
    a surgical instrument that stops bleeding by clamping the blood vessel
    hypo, hypodermic, hypodermic syringe
    a piston syringe that is fitted with a hypodermic needle for giving injections
    laparoscope
    a slender endoscope inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall in order to examine the abdominal organs or to perform minor surgery
    lie detector
    a polygraph that records bodily changes sometimes associated with lying
    microwave diathermy machine
    diathermy machine that uses microwave radiation as the source of heat
    orthoscope
    an ophthalmoscope with a layer of water to neutralize the refraction of the cornea
    photocoagulator
    surgical instrument containing a laser for use in photocoagulation
    probe
    a flexible slender surgical instrument with a blunt end that is used to explore wounds or body cavities
    proctoscope
    an endoscope for examining the rectum
    retractor
    surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision
    shortwave diathermy machine
    a diathermy machine that uses short wave radiation as the source of heat
    flexible sigmoidoscope, sigmoidoscope
    an endoscope (a flexible fiberoptic probe) for examining the sigmoid colon
    snare
    a surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities
    surgical knife
    a very sharp knife used in surgery
    trepan, trephine
    a surgical instrument used to remove sections of bone from the skull
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    a device that requires skill for proper use
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