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Etymology: L, cribrum, sieve
1 any racklike structure.
2 a removable anchorage from an orthodontic appliance.
3 a habit-breaking orthodontic appliance used for the treatment of tongue-thrust swallowing.
crib(krĭb) [AS. cribbe, manger]
1. A framework around a denture or a natural tooth to serve as a brace or supporting structure.
2. A small bed with long legs and high sides for an infant or young child.
CRIBAbbrev. for Clinical Risk Index for Babies. This is a scoring tool for assessing the initial neonatal risk of babies and for comparing the performance of neonatal intensive care units.
a rack or manger in a stable.
a neurosis or acquired habit in stabled horses characterized by stereotypic behavior. The horse grasps a solid object with its incisor teeth, arches the neck, pulls upwards and backwards and swallows air. The consequences are eroded teeth, occasionally gastric distention and severe weight loss. Called also wind-sucking, cribbing.
partial myectomy of the sternohyoideus muscle prevents ventral flexion of the head; not commonly performed. An alternative procedure involves neurectomy of the spinal accessory nerve.