from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A muscle that dilates a body part, such as a blood vessel or the pupil of the eye.
- n. An instrument that dilates a body part, such as a cavity, canal, or orifice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any nerve or muscle that causes part of the body to dilate
- n. Any drug that causes such dilation
- n. An instrument used to dilate an orifice or cavity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, widens or expands.
- n. A muscle that dilates any part.
- n. An instrument for expanding a part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which widens or expands; specifically, a muscle that dilates; a dilatator.
- n. A surgical instrument, of various forms, used for dilating a wound, a canal, or an external opening of the body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a muscle or nerve that dilates or widens a body part
- n. a surgical instrument that is used to dilate or distend an opening or an organ
- n. a drug that causes dilation
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The woman returns a second day so doctors either can insert more laminaria or another dilator, or remove the fetus and complete the abortion.
He discussed how the dilator set five pieces which are graduated in size can "gently stretch out the vaginal canal" which has lost its elasticity.
On the first day, doctors insert a dilator, often bundles of dried seaweed called laminaria, to soften a woman's cervix.
If a woman changes her mind after the dilator has been inserted and seeks to reverse the process, doctors can remove the laminaria.
You needed the cervical dilator to force open her immature cervix and insert an intrauterine device to prevent pregnancy.
It keeps our blood flowing smoothly, it is the strongest dilator (widener), of our blood vessels, it inhibits the formation of blockages (plaques), and it inhibits inflammation.
A couple of weeks earlier, when Marilyn used a tiny dilator to get the right position for the CT scan, I almost came off the table in pain.
Oh, and if you're ever in San Diego I can show you things to do with your dilator the manufacturer would much rather not know about.
NERO: The first thought in my mind was, what else is it going to do for him besides work as a pulmonary dilator?
As you age, the dilator muscle atrophies, and the pupil ends up smaller, delivering about one-third of the light that it did at age twenty.