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1. a structure having greater length than width, and often some degree of rigidity.
2. a heavy wire or a wrought or cast metal segment, longer than its width, used to connect parts of a removable partial denture.
3. a long narrow rigid structure that a patient can grasp to assist in stabilization.
grab bar a fixed bar in the bathroom to assist a patient in preventing falls while bathing or toileting.
median bar a fibrotic formation across the neck of the prostate, producing obstruction of the urethra.
parallel b's a set of bars running parallel to each other; the patient holds them with the hands to ambulate safely.
tarsal bar tarsal coalition.
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 bar attached to the wall to assist in basic activities of daily living.
See also: bar
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