a cast of layers overlapping in a V pattern, covering two body parts greatly different in size, as the hip and waist, thumb and wrist, etc.
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SPICA castOrthopedic surgery A body cast that fits over both legs, encasing the lower body from the nipple line down
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spi·ca cast(spī'kă kast)
1. Successive strips of material applied to the body and the first part of a limb, or to the hand and a finger, which overlap slightly in a V to resemble an ear of grain.
2. Special type of cast used to immobilize the hip. Usually extends from the midthorax to below the knee. The hip is immobilized in abduction.
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