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extractor

 [ek-strak´ter]
an instrument for pulling out a body part, foreign body, or calculus.
basket extractor a device for removal of calculi from the upper urinary tract, consisting of a network of filaments on a catheter that is passed into the ureter through a ureteroscope; the filaments surround the calculus and snare it so that it is withdrawn when the catheter is withdrawn.
vacuum extractor a device to assist delivery consisting of a metal traction cup that is attached to the fetus' head; negative pressure is applied and traction is made on a chain passed through the suction tube.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

vac·uum ex·trac·tor

device for producing traction on the head of a fetus by means of a soft cup held by a vacuum.
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vacuum extractor

A device for applying traction to the fetus during delivery by using a suction cup attached to the fetal head. Its use may be hazardous except in the hands of experts.
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The narrator muses that Vacuum Extractor (if he were able to write it, that is) would be a perfectly hermetic book, resisting the reader's attempts at interpretation.
Her first child had been delivered by a cesarean section, and the second vaginally, with the assistance of a vacuum extractor. The third infant was delivered with the assistance of a soft-cup vacuum device.
I hired an obstetrician with a great deal of vacuum extractor experience who had testified a number of times for the defense in medical malpractice actions.
The ObGyn used a vacuum extractor. Upon delivery of the baby's head, the ObGyn encountered shoulder dystocia and called for assistance.
Stephen Bush, M.D., of Port Angeles, Wash., is one of several doctors who wrote in to say that using an obstetric vacuum extractor can be very helpful in removing a large, benign-appearing ovarian cyst.
Kammer misused a vacuum extractor and crushed the skull of the fetus, resulting in a stillbirth.
Less than optimal placement of the vacuum extractor will increase the risk of scalp trauma, particularly in nulliparous women.
And then as often as not there's an obstetrician at the foot of the table with forceps or a vacuum extractor adding additional pressure.
The mother did not consent to the use of the vacuum extractor.
Peterson questioned why the vacuum extractor should have a maximum use of no more than 15-20 minutes ("Vacuum Extraction Issues," April 15, 2002, p.