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Pronunciation: ret'ro-klu'zhun

Definition: A form of acupressure for the arrest of bleeding; the needle is passed through the tissues above the cut end of an artery, is turned around, and then is passed backward beneath the vessel to come out near the point of entrance.

[retro- + L. claudo (cludo) to close]

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