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crutch

(krŭtch),
A device used singly or in pairs to assist in walking when the act is impaired by a lower extremity (or trunk) disability; it transfers all or part of weight-bearing to the upper extremity.
[A. S. cryce]

crutch

(kruch) a staff, ordinarily extending from the armpit to the ground, with a support for the hand and usually also for the arm or axilla; used to support the body in walking.
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(A) Axillary crutch; (B) triceps crutch.

crutch

(krŭch)
n.
1. A support used by an injured or disabled person, often in pairs, as an aid to walking, having a vertical shaft that is sometimes forked, a horizontal grip for the hand, and a crosspiece that is positioned under the armpit or a cuff that wraps around the forearm.
2. Something on which one depends, often excessively: a mnemonic crutch.
3. A forked support or part.
4. A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
5. Archaic The crotch of a person or animal.
v. crutched, crutching, crutches
v.intr.
To move using a crutch or crutches.
v.tr.
To support on a crutch or crutches.

crutch

Etymology: AS, cryce
a wooden or metal staff that aids a person in walking. The most common kind of crutch is the axillary crutch, which reaches from the ground almost to the axilla. It has a padded, curved surface at the top that fits under the arm and a crossbar that is held in the hand at the level of the palms to support the body. It is important that the crutches be properly fitted and that the person be taught how to use them safely and how to achieve a stable and acceptable gait. See also Canadian crutch.
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Types of crutches

crutch

(krŭch)
An assistive device used singly or in pairs to assist in walking when the act is impaired by a lower extremity (or trunk) disability. It transfers all or part of weight bearing to the upper extremity.
[A. S. cryce]

crutch

A portable support, usually in the form of a tubular light metal rod with hand grips and plastic loops for the forearms. Crutches are adjustable for height and allow mobility if one leg is severely weakened or the joints of both legs unable to bend.

crutch

1. the area of the skin from the anus ventrally to the scrotum in the male and to a comparable position in the female.
2. an instrument consisting of a long handle with a U shape at one end.

Kühn's crutch
repulsion crutch
used in obstetrics to repel a calf or foal fetus to enable malpositioned limbs to be repositioned.
Williams crutch
a repulsion crutch in which the U-shaped end has a screw-in sharp spike at the bottom of the U to prevent the crutch slipping off the calf while repelling it.
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Length of the crutch should extend from 2 inches below the anterior axillary fold till 6 inches in front and lateral to the tip of the toes.
Wakelin, 26, denied using the crutch as a weapon in the incident, and was spared immediate jail by Judge Rhys Rowlands.
Foot placement on the NeuroCom Balance Master[R] force platform was standardized with the medial malleoli aligned with the dark blue line, the heel at the "M" line as marked on the force platform, and with crutch tips set inside the corners of the blue box on the force platform.
Then, later on, if they remember about the crutch, then they might think that it's too late.
But during a long afternoon of escorting the President past photographers, the crutch was nowhere in sight.
The new composite crutch has primary load--bearing tubes that are table-rolled from graphite/epoxy prepreg and thermally cured.
Jaimee tried to catch a few pages with the tip of her crutch.
I said to the person in the next seat (which turned out to be his son): "Who's crutch is this?
A MAN battered with a crutch as he was beaten up by three young thugs believes he was the victim of a race hate attack.
A DRUNKEN Polish man who stumbled into a girl and grabbed her pony tale was hit over the head with a crutch by a youth.
POLICE are hunting a man who attacked an innocent bystander with a crutch.