stylet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stylet small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stylet A small poniard; a stiletto.
    • Stylet (Surg) A stiff wire, inserted in catheters or other tubular instruments to maintain their shape and prevent clogging.
    • Stylet (Surg) An instrument for examining wounds and fistulas, and for passing setons, and the like; a probe, -- called also specillum.
    • Stylet (Zoöl) Any small, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ; as, the caudal stylets of certain insects; the ventral stylets of certain Infusoria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stylet A slender pointed instrument; a stiletto.
    • n stylet In surgery, the perforator of a trocar; the stiffening wire or rod in a flexible catheter; sometimes, a probe. Also stilette.
    • n stylet In zoology, a little style; also, a style; specifically, in entomology, one of the second of the t hree pairs of rhabdites or appendages of the abdominal sternites entering into the formation of the ovipositor. See cut under Arctisca.
    • n stylet Specifically— Same as cercopod. Compare style, 2 .
    • n stylet In fishes, one of the slender rays of bone on or above the base of the ribs; the epipleural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stylet a stiletto: the perforator of a trocar, a probe: a little style
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., dim. of style,; cf. It. stiletto,. See Stiletto
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. stilus.

Usage

In literature:

Finally, with her long, slender, sharp stylets, she makes a hole in your cheek or your arm, pushes in her sucking-beak, and pumps up the blood.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
Coxal stylets: short, leg-like, jointed appendages on the underside of the abdominal segments in Thysanura.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The three many jointed anal stylets may, however, be directly compared with the similar appendages of Perla and Ephemera.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
The appendages of the abdomen are called cerci, stylets and gonapophyses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
III., 1st maxillae, a, base; b, sheath; c, stylet; c', muscle.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
Stylet for destroying foetus, 157.
"Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times" by John Stewart Milne
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In poetry:

What if the Three should catch at last
Thy serenader? While there's cast
Paul's cloak about my head, and fast
Gian pinions me, himself has past
His stylet thro' my back; I reel;
And… is it thou I feel?
"In A Gondola" by Robert Browning

In news:

Teleflex Receives FDA Clearance for ARROW® Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Preloaded with ARROW® VPS® Vascular Positioning System® Stylet.
Cervical Ripening Balloon from Cook Medical Now Available with Stylet.
Teleflex Receives FDA Clearance for ARROW® Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Preloaded with ARROW® VPS® Vascular Positioning System® Stylet .
Cervical Ripening Balloon from Cook Medical Now Available with Stylet .
Stylet-Oil is used to control powdery mildew, mites, mealybug, scale and Botrytis.
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