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One that retracts, as:
a. Anatomy A muscle, such as a flexor, that retracts an organ or a part.
b. Medicine A surgical instrument used to hold back organs or the edges of an incision.


1. (Anatomy) anatomy any of various muscles that retract an organ or part
2. (Surgery) surgery an instrument for holding back the edges of a surgical incision or organ or part
3. a person or thing that retracts


(rɪˈtræk tər)

1. a person or thing that retracts.
2. Surg. an instrument for drawing back the edges of an incision.
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Noun1.retractor - surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incisionretractor - surgical instrument that holds back the edges of a surgical incision
surgical instrument - a medical instrument used in surgery
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New illuminated retractors in the Eikon LT platform offer improved tissue grip, surgical precision and safety
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In the development of this technique, I have experimented with different endoscopic sacs and retractors.
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As part of your before-operations PMCS, inspect all of the GRS harnesses, retractors and brackets, but pay special attention to the right-rear air guard bracket.
Omni-Tract Surgical announced that they have recently been awarded two new European patents on key technologies related to their table-mounted surgical retractors.
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Dedo of CANT Corporation has developed a simple, yet effective solution--an extension that makes oropharyngeal surgeries easier using existing retractors.