Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A device used to support a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting or to immobilize a skin graft following placement.
  • noun A short tubular device made of wire mesh or fabric that is placed permanently in an anatomical passage, usually an artery during angioplasty, to keep it open after occlusion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete or dialectal variant of stint.
  • noun In Scots law, a valuation of property in order to taxation; a taxation; a. tax.
  • To stretch.
  • To straiten.
  • To confine.
  • noun A stretcher; a stenter (which see).
  • noun Extent; limit; in some English mining districts, the limits of a pitch or bargain.
  • In Scots law, to assess; tax at a certain rate.
  • noun A stopping-place.
  • noun In mining, same as attle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To stint; to stop; to cease.
  • transitive verb To keep within limits; to restrain; to cause to stop, or cease; to stint.
  • noun An allotted portion; a stint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A slender tube inserted into a blood vessel, a ureter or the oesophagus in order to provide support and to prevent disease-induced closure.
  • noun archaic An allotted portion; a stint.
  • verb archaic To keep within limits; to restrain; to cause to stop, or cease; to stint.
  • verb archaic To stint; to stop; to cease.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a slender tube inserted inside a tubular body part (as a blood vessel) to provide support during and after surgical anastomosis

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Charles R. Stent, (1845–1901), British dentist.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unclear. Possibly named after dentist Charles Stent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

See stint.

Examples

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  • The adviser said Clinton was in "good spirits" after undergoing a procedure to place two stents – tiny mesh scaffolds – in a coronary artery at New York Presbyterian hospital.

    - "Bill Clinton taken to hospital after heart scare", Guardian Unlimited.

    February 12, 2010

  • Link to grauniad article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/11/bill-clinton-heart-hospital

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    February 12, 2010