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retractor

 [re-trak´tor]
1. an instrument for holding open the edges of a wound or drawing back structures.
2. a muscle that draws a part back.

re·trac·tor

(rē-trak'tŏr, -tōr),
1. An instrument for drawing aside the edges of a wound or for holding back structures adjacent to the operative field.
2. A muscle that draws a body part backward, for example, the middle part of the trapezius muscle is a retractor of the scapula; the horizontal fibers of the temporalis muscle serve to retract the mandible.

retractor

/re·trac·tor/ (-trak´ter)
1. an instrument for holding open the lips of a wound.
2. a muscle that retracts.

retractor

(rĭ-trăk′tər)
n.
One that retracts, as:
a. Anatomy A muscle, such as a flexor, that retracts an organ or a part.
b. Medicine A surgical instrument used to hold back organs or the edges of an incision.

retractor

[ritrak′tər]
Etymology: L, retractare
an instrument for holding back the edges of tissues and organs to maintain exposure of the underlying anatomical parts, particularly during surgery.

retractor

Dentistry An orthodontic device used to facilitate posterior movement of misaligned teeth Surgery Any device used to hold wound margins, organs, or tissues away from an operative field. See Hohmann retractor, Scoville retractor.

re·trac·tor

(rē-trak'tŏr)
1. An instrument for drawing aside the edges of a wound or for holding back structures adjacent to the operative field.
2. A muscle that draws a part backward (e.g., the middle part of the trapezius muscle is a retractor of the scapula; the horizontal fibers of the temporalis muscle serve to retract the mandible).

retractor

An instrument used, often in pairs, to hold surgical incisions open or to keep tissue out of the way of the operating surgeon.

retractor

muscle whose action causes retrograde (backwards) movement of a part; contrast with protractor

re·trac·tor

(rē-trak'tŏr)
1. An instrument for drawing aside wound edges or holding back structures adjacent to operative field.
2. Muscle that draws a body part backward, e.g., middle part of trapezius muscle is a retractor of the scapula; horizontal fibers of temporalis muscle serve to retract the mandible.

retractor,

n an instrument for retracting tissues to assist in gaining access to an area of operation or observation.
retractor, beaver-tail,
n a broad-bladed periosteal elevator.
retractor, rake,
n a metallic instrument with prongs set transversely for engaging and retracting soft tissues.
retractor, vein hook,
n a metallic instrument ending in a rounded flange set transversely for engaging and retracting soft tissues.

retractor

1. an instrument for holding open the edges of a wound or edges of a fissure such as the eyelids.
2. a muscle that retracts.

flexible retractor
a simple surgical instrument made of metal, usually copper, and shaped like a simple spatula or tongue-depressor. It can be bent into any shape so as to get into tricky sites to hold back tissues. Usually bent into a hook shape.
Weitlaner retractor
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