from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In surgery, a tube, usually of india-rubber, introduced to secure efficient drainage of a wound.
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He generally made a counter-opening behind to get rid of discharges, and inserted a drainage-tube.
If much bagging takes place, the use of a drainage-tube will prove quite sufficient.
On going back to the right the surface was nearly dry and glazed, so, asking Dr. Maclaren, who assisted me, to stitch it up and insert a drainage-tube, I did the same for the left, so rapidly that the patient was in his bed with his limbs dressed and bandaged in 24-1/2 minutes from the time he entered the hospital gate.