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bal·loon

(bă-lūn'),
1. An inflatable spheric or ovoid device used to retain tubes or catheters in, or provide support to, various body structures.
2. A distensible device used to stretch or occlude a viscus or blood vessel.
3. To distend a body cavity with a gas or fluid to facilitate its examination, dilate a structure, occlude a lumen, or create a space for a retroperitoneal, laparoscopic procedure.
[Fr. ballon, fr. It. ballone, fr. balla, ball, fr. Germanic]

balloon

(bə-lo͞on′)
n.
Medicine An inflatable device that is inserted into a body cavity or structure and distended with air or gas for therapeutic purposes, such as angioplasty.

bal·loon′ist n.

balloon

Cardiology
See Cutting balloon, Inoue balloon.

Vox populi
A thin-walled expandable sac which may be filled with gas or fluids.

bal·loon

(bă-lūn')
1. An inflatable spheric or ovoid device used to retain tubes or catheters in, or provide support to, various body structures.
2. A distensible device used to stretch or occlude a stenotic viscus or blood vessel.
3. To distend a body cavity with a gas or fluid to facilitate its examination, dilate a structure, or occlude its lumen.
[Fr. ballon, fr. It. ballone, fr. balla, ball, fr. Germanic]

bal·loon

(bă-lūn')
1. An inflatable spheric or ovoid device used to retain tubes or catheters in, or provide support to, various body structures.
2. A distensible device used to stretch or occlude a viscus or blood vessel.
3. To distend a body cavity with a gas or fluid to facilitate its examination, dilate a structure, occlude a lumen, or create a space for a retroperitoneal, laparoscopic procedure.
[Fr. ballon, fr. It. ballone, fr. balla, ball, fr. Germanic]
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The main disadvantage of the balloon loan, as compared to the 30-year fixed-rate loan, is that conforming balloon loans typically require at least 10% down payment.
These banks, provided they make no more than 500 mortgage loans a year, will get "safe harbor" protection on their balloon loans for the two-year period.
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Asset managers reported 10 new delinquent assets in October: three term defaults; two matured balloon loans, three new credit-impaired securities and two repurchased assets.
Typically, Aspire's taxicab medallion loans are three-year or five-year balloon loans. The CUSO finances 80% of the loan.
The remaining 26 loans (52%) consist of amortizing balloon loans. Based on the scheduled balance at maturity, the initial pool is schedule to pay down by 9%.
The delinquency index reflects delinquent loans for 60 days or longer, matured balloon loans and the current month's repurchased assets.
Seventy loans (50.4%) are amortizing balloon loans, and six (21.7%) are interest-only for the entire loan term.
The record production of commercial mortgage loans in 2005 is expected to be followed by similar origination volume in the next few years as current commercial mortgage balloon loans mature and require refinancing.
The remaining 27 loans (23.9%) consist of amortizing balloon loans with loan terms of five to 10 years.
Cornacchia also points out that second mortgages are attractive, with some 15-year balloon loans offering 30-year amortization schedules.