1 Medicine A splint placed temporarily inside a duct, canal, or blood vessel to aid healing or relieve an obstruction.
- Research has focused on developing methods to reduce or eliminate the potential for restenosis, including drug-eluting stents and radiation therapy.
- Complications, however, included migration of the stent, occlusion of the stent and obstructions of the cystic duct.
- A ureteral stent was placed to relieve the obstruction.
late 19th century: from the name of Charles T. Stent (1807–85), English dentist. The sense 'splint' dates from the 1960s.
historical , chiefly Scottish