Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The table on which the patient rests during a surgical operation. There are many forms and constructions of these tables, the accompanying cut illustrating a particularly complicated form made adjustable to place the patient in convenient positions for various operations. Ordinarily a simple firm table of the requisite height and length and about two feet wide is used, covered with blankets or a thin mattress.
“Kennicott had inherited it from a medical predecessor, and changed it only by adding a white enameled operating-table, a sterilizer, a Roentgen-ray apparatus, and a small portable typewriter.”
“Foyle strapped the body on the operating-table, opened a case of surgical instruments, and began the delicate operation he had learned by hypno-training that morning ... an operation made possible only by his five-to-one acceleration.”
“The hall was filled with rusting antique apparatus: a centrifuge, an operating-table, a wrecked fluoroscope, autoclaves, cases of corroded surgical instruments.”
“They strapped Foyle down on the operating-table while he raved and rambled.”
“Under a harsh battery of lamps, he bent over the operating-table working meticulously with a small steel hammer and a platinum needle.”
“By suspending a television camera (and a microphone) over the operating-table it is possible to permit any number of medical students and doctors to view an operation at close-range.”
“As she was placed on the operating-table the sunlight fell through the lanthorn, and lighted up the golden clusters of her hair, the welcome rays calling forth from her now pale features a responsive smile.”
“The ground was covered with wounded, and the doctors were busy at an operating-table, improvised from two barrels and a plank.”
“See some poor fellow stretched on the operating-table, stripped for the patching or trimming which half-helpless surgery can supply.”
“I don't mind once we start -- I don't mind the operating-table.”
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