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clamp

 [klamp]
a surgical device for compressing a part or structure.

clamp

(klamp),
1. An instrument used to compress or hold in a place a bodily structure. Compare: forceps.
2. An enzyme, antigen, or other protein that closes circumferentially around the DNA to induce conformational change.
[M.E., fr. Middle D. klampe]

clamp

(klamp) a surgical device for compressing a part or structure.
rubber dam clamp  a metallic device used to retain the dam on a tooth.

clamp

Etymology: AS, clam, to hold together
an instrument with serrated jaws and locking handles, used for gripping, holding, joining, supporting, or compressing an organ, vessel, or tissue. In surgery, clamps generally are used for hemostasis and clamping tissue.

clamp

Surgery A surgical device that closes an opened channel. See Clark clamp, Koala vascular, Tension clamp.

clamp

(klamp)
An instrument for compression of a structure.
Compare: forceps
[M.E., fr. Middle D. klampe]

clamp

(klamp)
An instrument used to compress or hold in a place a bodily structure.
Compare: forceps
[M.E., fr. Middle D. klampe]

clamp

a device for compressing a part or structure.

beam clamp
a scissors-like instrument originally used to pick up large blocks of ice. Consists of two inward pointing, sharp pointed hooks, pivoting around a pin at their middle, like scissors, and connected to each other at their blunt ends by a short chain. As beam hooks the points of the two blades are hooked into an overhead beam and a weight such as an animal's limb hung from the connecting chain. The animal's weight ensures that the clamp bites deeply.
silage clamp
a mass of ensilage held together at the sides between solid walls but open at the ends.
surgical clamp
a surgical instrument designed to compress a part, e.g. umbilicus.
vascular occluding clamp
used to completely or partially occlude the flow of blood in vessels.
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Atraumatic vascular clamps. By permission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2002
vulvar clamp
various designs are available but all have as their objective the physical prevention of a prolapse of the vagina or uterus.
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According to the RAC Foundation, favourite tricks of cowboy clampers include putting up misleading signs, not putting up any signs at all or parking dummy vehicles to fool motorists into thinking that parking is allowed, lying in wait until a motorist leaves a car and then immediately attaching a clamp.
Mr Morgan said: 'I rushed out and there was a gang of clampers and there was an argument among them, some didn't approve of me being clamped.
Ask yourself how you would sleep at night if you were the clamper who immobilised the car of district nurse Virginia Williams, of Queensferry.
Under the conditions of the licence, clampers will not be able to clamp, block or tow away emergency vehicles or those displaying a valid disabled badge.
Thousands of parking spaces in Tyneside could be free of clampers after tough new regulations were put in place.
The clampers demanded he pay pounds 240 cash within 20 minutes.
The illegal racket is believed to be targeting young drivers who would not have come in contact with legitimate clampers before.
The new law is designed to curb widespread abuses by rogue clampers, who are able to clamp vehicles with little warning and charge whatever they like in fines.
Knocker Just chain up the clampers, or line them up in front of their families and shoot them
Within five minutes of her phoning work to explain what was happening, cabs began to arris ve and blocked in the clampers.
The clampers demanded a pounds 140 release fee but as the driver had no money he had to wait for a colleague to come out and take him to the bank.
A GRIEVING family took matters into their own hands when clampers refused to release their dead grandmother's car.