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A pointed instrument for stitching, ligaturing, puncturing, or cannulating. Needles may be straight, half-curved, full-curved, semicircular, double-curved, double-ended, sharp or blunt-tipped, solid, or hollow. They are classified as cutting edge or round point. Cutting-edge needles are used in skin and dense tissue; round-point needles are used for more delicate operations, esp. on soft tissues. When a needle is used for stitching, the suture material may be attached through an eye, french eye, or, more commonly, an easily detachable swaged needle.
Venes, Donald, editor. "Needle." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 23rd ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Taber's Online, www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/needle.
Needle. In: Venes D, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/needle. Accessed November 16, 2019.
Needle. (2017). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary. Available from https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/needle
Needle [Internet]. In: Venes D, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 November 16]. Available from: https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/needle.
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