guidewire


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guide·wire

(gīd'wīr),
A wire or spring used as a guide for placement of a larger device or prosthesis, such as a catheter or intramedullary pin.

guidewire

/guide·wire/ (gīd´wīr) a thin, usually flexible wire that can be inserted into a confined or tortuous space to act as a guide for subsequent insertion of a stiffer or bulkier instrument.

guidewire

[gīd′wī·ər]
Etymology: ME, guiden, to guard; AS, wir
a device used to position an IV catheter, endotracheal tube, central venous line, or gastric feeding tube or to localize a tumor during open breast biopsy.
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Insertion of a guidewire

guide·wire

, guide wire (gīd'wīr)
A long and flexible fine spring used to introduce and position an intravascular angiographic catheter
See: Seldinger technique
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GUIDEWIRE

guidewire

, guide wire (gīd′wī″ĕr)
A device used to enter tight spaces, e.g., obstructed valves or channels, within the body, or to assist in inserting, positioning, and moving a catheter. Guidewires vary in size, length, stiffness, composition, and shape of the tip.
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