Entry from British & World English dictionary
A table on which a patient is placed during a surgical operation.
- An operating list should stop if a patient dies on the operating table, and the surgeon should not operate for the rest of that day.
- In the operating theatre, lying comfortably on the operating table, the local anaesthetic injections are given into the skin on both sides of the scrotum.
- During the surgery the patient died on the operating table.
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