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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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Measurements of stylet length (10.45), width of median bulb (8.41), head to median bulb (55.39), head to SE pore (82.13) and tail length (49.50) showed least variation (CV<5).
To the Editor: In a randomized controlled trial by Xu et al .,[sup][1] comparing the performance of the Shikani Optical Stylet and Macintosh laryngoscope for orotracheal intubation in patients with cervical spondylosis, they showed that Shikani Optical Stylet compared to Macintosh laryngoscope was more clinically beneficial, especially in patients with difficult airways.
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When paired with the single-use TipTracker Stylet, the Arrow VPS Rhythm System provides real-time navigation, tracing the catheter pathway with a visible blue line on a color screen.
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Checks in stylet sections of Octopus vulgaris have also been observed after chemical marking (tetracycline injections [Hermosilla et al.
An endotracheal tube of size 3.5 uncuffed was passed in 2nd attempt using a pediatric stylet. It was then recorded by the attending anesthesiologist that a grade 3 cormack lehane laryngoscopic view was noted.
The camera was focused on the stylet bundle (SB), but the photos varied in the focal point.
With the press of a button, this single-use, disposable, spring-loaded automatic deployment device obtains tissue samples by firing a stylet at high speed into the target lesion, rapidly followed by the cutting cannula.
A median stylet groove on the dorsal surface of the labium contains the stylet bundle and this groove is sclerotized in the first segment; elsewhere, it is predominantly membranous but reinforced by localized sclerotized regions.
Two other needles (i.e., blunt or sharp stylet of the coaxial needle) may be positioned in the peripheral apertures of the needle guide to prevent rotation and displacement of the needle guide.