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The existence or formation of a physical connection, normal or abnormal, between two structures.
[bridge + -ing]
Etymology: AS, brycg
1 a nursing technique of positioning a patient so that bony prominences are free of pressure on the mattress by using pads, bolsters of foam rubber, or pillows to distribute body weight over a larger surface.
2 a nursing technique for supporting a part of the body, such as the testicles in treating orchitis, using a Bellevue bridge made of a towel or other material.
3 a physical rehabilitation technique that strengthens abdominal and leg muscles. Reclining with knees bent, the patient plants the feet on a firm surface and lifts the buttocks off the surface.
A term for systolic narrowing of the left anterior descending coronary artery, seen by angiography as an isolated finding during cardiac catheterisation or in patients with coronary artery disease, left ventricular hypertrophy or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
The transitioning of diagnostic and therapeutic modalities from the bench to the bedside.
The use of a LAN interconnection device that operates at the data link layer.
The blurring of oligoclonal bands in patients with neuroborreliosis (neurologic Lyme disease).
– Bridging fibrosis, see there.
– Bridging necrosis, see there.
– Roman bridges, see there.
The spanning of breaks in the skin by blood vessels, seen after a blunt object strikes tightened skin, rupturing the epidermis and dermis while blood vessels—being more mobile—remain intact, thereby “bridging” the gap.