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 (nīt′n-ôl′, -ŏl′)
An alloy of nickel and titanium that has the ability to return to a predetermined shape when heated.

[After the Ni(ckel) Ti(tanium) N(aval) O(rdnance) L(aboratory), where its shape-memory properties were discovered.]
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(Metallurgy) metallurgy a metal alloy of nickel or titanium that has shape memory, meaning it returns to its original shape upon reheating after being deformed
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"Nitinol, discovered back in the 1960s, is a shape-memory material.
Nitinol is an abbreviation for Nickel (ni)-Titanium (ti) Naval(n) Ordnance (o) Laboratory (I), indicating the elements in the material and the place of discovery in 1962 by William Beuhler and his team.
The proposed intelligent device is a modular bone plate with modules made of Titan and staples made of Nitinol. The Nitinol elements ensure the flexibility and elasticity of the modular structure assembled from a number of modules of the right shape and dimensions, while the identical structure of the modules ensures the attachment of the implant onto the supporting bone fragments.
The Precise RX Nitinol stent system is different from the Precise Nitinol stent and emboli protection system that recently received FDA approval for use in carotid artery stenting.
Designed to increase the output of extruded small diameter tubing, formed rubber bladders, and similar products, they are made from stainless steel or nitinol wire.
"Metals like Nitinol remember their original shape," indicates Alan Litsky, associate professor of orthopedics and biomedical engineering.
25 October 2018 - US-based laser micro manufacturing company Resonetics has acquired Israel-based STI Laser Industries, Ltd., a supplier of laser processing, nitinol shape setting and electropolishing, and cleanroom assembly and packaging for the medical device industry, the company said.
* Superior grinding process ideal for Nitinol, Titanium, Cobalt Chrome, Stainless and other difficult-to-machine materials and applications
Cirtec Medical LLC, a provider of design and contract manufacturing services for implantable and minimally invasive surgical devices, acquired Vascotube GmbH, a manufacturer of high-quality nitinol tubing, located in Birkenfeld, Germany.
Maryland Heights, MO, May 04, 2017 --( The use of flexible metal nitinol in medical devices has benefited both manufacturers and patients.
This wire guide combines the features of a nitinol access wire guide and a Teflon fixed core wire guide into a single device.