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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]
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A disposable device with synthetic ‘whiskers’, used to gently scrape cells from mucosal surfaces
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Cytology A disposible with synthetic 'whiskers', used to scrape cells from mucosal surfaces. See Endocervical brush.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


An instrument consisting of flexible bristles attached to a handle or to the tip of a catheter.
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An instrument made of some flexible material, such as bristles or filaments, attached to a handle or to the tip of a catheter.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

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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Cleaning up It may seem like a chore, but regularly cleaning your brushes is essential for avoiding a build-up of bacteria and keeping your tools in good working order.
Another way to get the most bang for your buck when starting a brush collection is to look for double-ended brushes and brushes that can be used in multiple ways.
There is an odd property of some brushes. If you take a hand-brush with fairly stiff bristles ending in a flat plane, such as a clothes brush or hairbrush, you can slide it, bristles down, across a flat surface such as a table-top.
If you're lazy about washing brushes, check out the 'self-cleaning' ones from Look Good Feel Better, PS35, M&S, which have built-in anti-bac properties and also raise money for women with breast cancer.
The hair brushes made from plastic are witnessing growing acceptance among consumers owing to light weight and low cost.
"We set an industry standard for gentle hair elastics with the original launch of our Goody Ouchless elastics, and we are proud to continue that heritage with our new Ouchless Brushes."
Kabuki brushes THESE also originated in Japan, where they were used to apply make-up by actors in Kabuki theatre.
Vlogger Stippling brushes THESE are a must if you suffer from acne or scarring.
A mixture of brushes can be used: flat brush for petals and leaves; hard brush for the centre to give a stippling effect; liner brush for the stems, and small round brush for veins and areas of detail.
While the big brands have developed manual toothbrushes that clean teeth effectively and feature highly ergonomic designs, niche manufacturers have gone the extra step to create brushes that alter the brushing experience.
Group A patients were selected for electronic powered tooth brushes, while group B patients were selected for manual brushes.