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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.
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Venes, Donald, editor. "Needle." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 24th ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2021. Nursing Central, nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/knife_needle.
Needle. In: Venes DD, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/knife_needle. Accessed May 30, 2023.
Needle. (2021). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary (24th ed.). F.A. Davis Company. https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/knife_needle
Needle [Internet]. In: Venes DD, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2021. [cited 2023 May 30]. Available from: https://nursing.unboundmedicine.com/nursingcentral/view/Tabers-Dictionary/747853/all/knife_needle.
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