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a long, slender, flexible structure of metal, used in surgery and dentistry and sometimes as a conductor of electricity.
arch wire in orthodontic therapy, a wire attached to orthodontic bands and applied around the dental arch to control and force tooth movement.
Kirschner wire a steel wire for skeletal transfixing of fractured bones and for obtaining skeletal traction in fractures. It is inserted through the soft parts and the bone and is held tight in a clamp.
lead wire in cardiac pacing, an insulated wire with an electrode in contact with the heart and the other end attached to a pulse generator. It may have a bipolar configuration (bipolar lead) with two electrodes close to each other in the heart, or a unipolar configuration (unipolar lead) with just one electrode in the heart and the pulse generator as the ground.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A device consisting of a wire conforming to the alveolar or dental arch, used as an anchorage in correcting irregularities in the position of the teeth.
Synonym(s): arch wire
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arch wireA stainless steel orthodontic wire attached to braces or brackets, either to move the teeth in dentistry or stabilise the jaw in LeFort fractures.
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arch wireA stainless steel orthodontic wire attached to braces or brackets to move the teeth in dentistry, or stabilize the jaw in LeFort fractures. See LeFort fracture.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
arch wire(ahrch wīr)
A device with a wire conforming to the alveolar or dental arch, used as an anchorage in correcting irregularities in the position of the teeth, so as to move teeth orthodontically into a more satisfactory position.
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