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An instrument made of some flexible material, such as bristles, attached to a handle or to the tip of a catheter.
[A.S. byrst, bristle]
A disposable device with synthetic ‘whiskers’, used to gently scrape cells from mucosal surfaces


Cytology A disposible with synthetic 'whiskers', used to scrape cells from mucosal surfaces. See Endocervical brush.


An instrument consisting of flexible bristles attached to a handle or to the tip of a catheter.


An instrument made of some flexible material, such as bristles or filaments, attached to a handle or to the tip of a catheter.


a bushy tail in dogs.

Patient discussion about brush

Q. do you know what are the pros and cons of the Sonic toothbrush from Oral B (electric tooth brush)? last night, my best friend raved about it for a whole hour. My dentist told me to use a soft brush (number 35) to clean my teeth and that the electric brushes are a bit over rated. My friend specifically told me about the Sonic product and told me that it also makes his teeth whiter. I wanted to know if anybody has any knowledge or experience from first hand about this product or any good information about it.

A. Thank you for the frank answer. I wonder if I can find a really soft electric toothbrush

Q. I wanne know why my breath is smelth,when i am sleeping and specially in mornings.i brush morning on my tongu I always must chewing sth , while my mouth is empty , my breath is bad smell.i`m im 39 aging and i have this problem from when I was a teenage person

A. Bad breath in most of the cases happens because of problems with mouth or teeth (like bacteria between your teeth or on the back of your tongue). You may consult a dentist to see if there is a problem that can be treated. You can also try to eat a good breakfast with fibers, drink water, chew gum for a several minutes, gargling with mouthwash or brush the back of your tongue and see if these things helps.

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A. I agree with Dagmar you can loose some hair each day. But if you are loosing quite a bit you might want to see a specialist such as a dermatologist. Also make sure you don't have a thyroid condition. You can loose hair if you have an overactive or an underactive thyroid. I don't know how old you are but age is also a major factor as well.With the onset of perimenopause, Women tend to have thinning hair or they can loose some of their hair as well.

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The attacker was white, with a tanned complexion, in his 40s, of a fat or broad build, with brushed back fair hair.
The man is described as white, in his mid 40s, of slim build, with greying brushed back hair.
Kimberly Wyatt, ex-Pussy Cat Doll, looked fab on TV the other night with her hair styled short with cropped sides and brushed back and high.
John is white, heavily built, pale in complexion with short dark hair brushed back from his face.
He had short black hair, which was either in a side parting or brushed back.
The second suspect was described as black with bushy hair which was brushed back, also aged between 19 and 20, and was slightly fat but of muscular build.
Police are looking for a man in his 40s,approximately 5'10" with short dark brown hair, brushed back and wearing a black suit.
The attacker is described as white, with a thin build, very pale skin, with dark hair brushed back, dark eyes and clean shaven.
He was of medium build and had brown hair which was short on top, brushed back and shaved at the sides.
The driver was described as white, aged 19/20, medium build, with a flat nose, mousey hair brushed back, wearing a white T-shirt with a black logo.
Martinez, sidelined since June 15 with a torn right rotator cuff, brushed back fear last week with a 62-pitch, 41-strike scoreless performance against the Lancaster JetHawks in his second rehabilitation start with Single-A San Bernardino.
He is in his late 30s, has black hair brushed back flat and greased.