drainage


drainage
Continuous withdrawal of fluids from a wound or other cavity.
- capillary d. d. by means of a wick of gauze or other material.
- closed d. d. of a body cavity via a water- or air-tight system. Cf.:sump drain.
- dependent d. d. from the lowest part and into a receptacle at a level lower than the structure being drained. SYN: downward d..
- downward d. SYN: dependent d..
- infusion-aspiration d. a type of d. in which antibiotics are continuously infused into a cavity at the same time fluid is being drained (aspirated) from the cavity.
- open d. d. allowing air to enter.
- postural d. d. used in bronchiectasis and lung abscess. The patient's body is positioned so that the trachea is inclined downward and below the affected chest area.
- suction d. closed d. of a cavity, with a suction apparatus attached to the d. tube.
- through d. d. obtained by the passage of a perforated tube, open at both extremities, through a cavity; in addition, the cavity can be washed out by a solution passed through the tube.
- tidal d. d. of the urinary bladder by means of an intermittent filling and emptying apparatus.
- Wangensteen d. continuous d. by suction through an indwelling gastric or duodenal tube.

* * *

drain·age 'drā-nij n
1) the act or process of drawing off fluids from a cavity or wound by means of suction or gravity
2) a process of releasing internal conflicts or pent-up feelings (as hostility or guilt)

* * *

n.
the drawing off of fluid from a cavity in the body, usually fluid that has accumulated abnormally. For example, serous fluid may be drained from a swollen joint, pus removed from an internal abscess, or urine from an overdistended bladder. See also drain.

* * *

drain·age (drānґəj) the systematic withdrawal of fluids and discharges from a wound, sore, or cavity.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • drainage — [ drɛnaʒ ] n. m. • 1848; de drain 1 ♦ Opération d assainissement des sols trop humides, par l écoulement de l eau retenue en excès dans les terres. ⇒ assainissement, assèchement. Drainage d une prairie, d un marais, d un polder. Travaux de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Drainage [1] — Drainage,1 eine Anlage zur Entwässerung, zur Beseitigung der in der Ackerkrume und im Untergrund angesammelten schädlichen Feuchtigkeit vermittelst unterirdisch eingelegter Sickerungen. Notwendig ist die Beseitigung der stauenden Nässe im Boden… …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Drainage — (n. d. engl. to drain, spr. drēn, »ableiten«) ist die Befreiung nassen und versumpften Bodens von seiner überschüssigen Nässe durch unterirdische Leitungen. Dieses Verfahren war schon im Altertum (Columella, II, 2, 9), wenn auch in äußerst… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Drainage — Drain age, n. 1. A draining; a gradual flowing off of any liquid; also, that which flows out of a drain. [1913 Webster] 2. The mode in which the waters of a country pass off by its streams and rivers. [1913 Webster] 3. (Engin.) The system of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drainage — (spr. Dränahsch), Drainirung, v. engl. Drain (spr. Drähn, d.h. Kanal, Röhre), die Entwässerung des Bodens mittelst einer Leitung von gebrannten Thonröhren (Drains, Drainröhren). Sie hat den Zweck, bei quelligem Boden das Quellwasser, bei… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Drainage [2] — Drainage der Tunnelgewölbe, s. Tunnelbau …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Drainage — Drainage, s. Entwässerung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • drainage — index outflow Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • drainage — 1650s, from DRAIN (Cf. drain) + AGE (Cf. age) …   Etymology dictionary

  • drainage — ► NOUN 1) the action or process of draining. 2) a system of drains …   English terms dictionary

  • drainage — [drān′ij] n. 1. the act, process, or method of draining 2. a system of drains; arrangement of pipes, etc. for carrying off waste matter 3. that which is drained off 4. a region or area drained, as by a river …   English World dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.