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 (stī-lĕt′, stī′lĭt)
1. A slender, pointed instrument or weapon, such as a stiletto.
a. A surgical probe.
b. A fine wire that is run through a catheter, cannula, or hollow needle to keep it stiff or clear of debris.
3. Zoology A small, stiff, needlelike organ or appendage, such as a piercing mouthpart of an aphid or other hemipteran insect.

[French, from Italian stiletto, stiletto; see stiletto.]


1. (Surgery) surgery
a. a wire for insertion into a flexible cannula or catheter to maintain its rigidity or patency during passage
b. a slender probe
2. (Zoology) zoology any small pointed bristle-like part
[C17: from French stilet, from Old Italian stiletto; influenced in spelling by Latin stylus style]


(ˈstaɪ lɪt)

1. a stiletto or dagger.
2. any similar sharp-pointed instrument.
a. a surgical probe.
b. a wire run through the length of a catheter, cannula, or needle to make it rigid or to clear it.
[1690–1700; < French < Middle French stilet < Italian stiletto stiletto; -y- < Latin stylus stylus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stylet - small needlelike appendage; especially the feeding organ of a tardigrade
tardigrade - an arthropod of the division Tardigrada
style - a slender bristlelike or tubular process; "a cartilaginous style"
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The inner component is either a metallic, sharp, introducer stylet or an interchangeable plastic obturator (Figure 4).
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When considering tracheal intubation, the devices were classified into those which had an inbuilt conduit for the tracheal tube and those that required either a stylet or bougie.
For each insect, there are unique changes in waveforms from ingestion, salivation, and stylet movement.
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Parasitic nematodes have a specialized mouthpart called a stylet that allows them to pierce their prey in order to extract nutrients (though the size of the stylet varies between the different parasitic nematode genera).