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crutch

(krŭtch),
A device used singly or in pairs to assist in walking when the act is impaired by a lower extremity (or trunk) disability; it transfers all or part of weight-bearing to the upper extremity.
[A. S. cryce]

crutch

(kruch) a staff, ordinarily extending from the armpit to the ground, with a support for the hand and usually also for the arm or axilla; used to support the body in walking.
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(A) Axillary crutch; (B) triceps crutch.

crutch

(krŭch)
n.
1. A support used by an injured or disabled person, often in pairs, as an aid to walking, having a vertical shaft that is sometimes forked, a horizontal grip for the hand, and a crosspiece that is positioned under the armpit or a cuff that wraps around the forearm.
2. Something on which one depends, often excessively: a mnemonic crutch.
3. A forked support or part.
4. A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
5. Archaic The crotch of a person or animal.
v. crutched, crutching, crutches
v.intr.
To move using a crutch or crutches.
v.tr.
To support on a crutch or crutches.

crutch

Etymology: AS, cryce
a wooden or metal staff that aids a person in walking. The most common kind of crutch is the axillary crutch, which reaches from the ground almost to the axilla. It has a padded, curved surface at the top that fits under the arm and a crossbar that is held in the hand at the level of the palms to support the body. It is important that the crutches be properly fitted and that the person be taught how to use them safely and how to achieve a stable and acceptable gait. See also Canadian crutch.
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Types of crutches

crutch

(krŭch)
An assistive device used singly or in pairs to assist in walking when the act is impaired by a lower extremity (or trunk) disability. It transfers all or part of weight bearing to the upper extremity.
[A. S. cryce]

crutch

A portable support, usually in the form of a tubular light metal rod with hand grips and plastic loops for the forearms. Crutches are adjustable for height and allow mobility if one leg is severely weakened or the joints of both legs unable to bend.

crutch

1. the area of the skin from the anus ventrally to the scrotum in the male and to a comparable position in the female.
2. an instrument consisting of a long handle with a U shape at one end.

Kühn's crutch
repulsion crutch
used in obstetrics to repel a calf or foal fetus to enable malpositioned limbs to be repositioned.
Williams crutch
a repulsion crutch in which the U-shaped end has a screw-in sharp spike at the bottom of the U to prevent the crutch slipping off the calf while repelling it.
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At the crown court in Leamington, prosecutor Mark Phillips said the 46-year-old victim has to walk with the aid of a crutch after suffering a stroke in 2011, and also suffers from epilepsy.
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Health bosses said crutch shortages can mean patients due to be discharged are delayed.
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