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A splint placed temporarily inside a duct, canal, or blood vessel to aid healing or relieve an obstruction.
- ‘Complications, however, included migration of the stent, occlusion of the stent and obstructions of the cystic duct.’
- ‘Research has focused on developing methods to reduce or eliminate the potential for restenosis, including drug-eluting stents and radiation therapy.’
- ‘This unique metal has already proven useful in such medical applications as catheter guidewires, stents, and microsurgery tools.’
- ‘A ureteral stent was placed to relieve the obstruction.’
- ‘Sometimes, the fatty plaques start to develop again inside the stent.’
- 1.1 An impression or cast of a part or body cavity, used to maintain pressure so as to promote healing, especially of a skin graft.
2also Stentstrademark [mass noun] A substance used in dentistry for taking impressions of the teeth.
Late 19th century: from the name of Charles T. Stent (1807–85), English dentist. The sense ‘splint’ dates from the 1960s.
1An assessment of property made for purposes of taxation:[as modifier] ‘it was recorded in the stent book’
- 1.1 The amount or value assessed; a tax:‘the next stent is to pay 5 sterling to Allexr’
- 1.1 The amount or value assessed; a tax:
Assess and charge (a person or a community) for purposes of taxation:‘stent the Parish of Kildaltan in the ascertained sum’
Middle English: from Old French estente valuation, related to Anglo-Norman French extente (see extent).
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