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bougie

Line breaks: bou¦gie
Pronunciation: /ˈbuːʒi
 
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Definition of bougie in English:

noun (plural bougies)

Medicine
A thin, flexible surgical instrument for exploring or dilating a passage of the body.
Example sentences
  • Patients are placed under local or general anesthesia and the stricture is dilated using a flexible gastroscope and Savary bougies.
  • A rigid bronchoscopy was performed under general anaesthesia, and the trachea was serially dilated with bougies until it was large enough to accommodate a 6.5 mm uncuffed tracheal tube.
  • In the past, surgeons used a rectal bougie to identify the rectum; however, this instrument no longer is used routinely.

Origin

mid 18th century: from French, literally 'wax candle', from Arabic Bijāya, an Algerian town which traded in wax.

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