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Pronunciation: stent


  1. A thread, rod, or catheter, lying within the lumen of a tubular structure, used to provide support during or after repair or anastomosis, or to ensure patency of an intact but contracted lumen.
  2. The process of placing a stent.
  3. Device used to maintain a bodily orifice or cavity during skin grafting.
  4. To immobilize a skin graft after placement.
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