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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: sti'let, sti-let'


  1. A flexible metallic rod inserted in the lumen of a flexible catheter to stiffen it and give it form during its passage.
  2. A slender probe.

Synonym(s): style, stylus3, stilus

[It. stilletto, a dagger; dim. of L. stilus or stylus, a stake, a pen]

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