Medical Definition of Central line

1. A small, flexible plastic tube inserted into the large vein above the heart, usually the subclavian vein, through which access to the blood stream can be made. This allows drugs and blood products to be given and blood samples withdrawn painlessly. Some of the catheters have more than one lumen (double or triple) and can be used to administer more than one drug simultaneously. Such catheters can be left in place for many weeks to months. The main complications are sepsis or infection, and the risk of thrombosis. Synonym: central line. (24 Mar 2004)



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Central Line

central excitatory state
central fibrous body
central ganglioneuroma
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central incisor
central inhibition
central lacteal
central lateral nucleus of thalamus
central limit theorem
central line (current term)
central lobule
central lobule of cerebellum
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central nervous system neoplasms
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