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1. a support bandage that wraps around the chest or abdomen and is secured with ties or Velcro.
2. a substance that attaches to another, such as to facilitate its removal from the body; see bind (def. 2).
phosphate binder a substance such as aluminum hydroxide, calcium acetate, or calcium carbonate that binds phosphate in the blood, removing it from circulation; used in treatment of hyperphosphatemia, such as in patients with end-stage renal disease or hypoparathyroidism.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Any of various medications used to prevent hyperphosphatemia in patients with end-stage renal disease. Calcium carbonate taken with meals is the most commonly employed agent. In the past aluminum-containing antacids were used for this purpose, but this practice is now avoided because of the toxic accumulation of aluminum in patients with renal failure.
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