plug
Any mass filling a hole or closing an orifice.
- Dittrich plugs minute, dirty-grayish, ill-smelling masses of bacteria and fatty acid crystals in the sputum in pulmonary gangrene and fetid bronchitis. SYN: Traube plugs.
- epithelial p. a mass of epithelial cells temporarily occluding an embryonic opening; the term is most commonly used with reference to the external nares.
- laminated epithelial p. SYN: keratosis obturans.
- meconium p. a p. of thick, inspissated meconium that may cause intestinal obstruction.
- mucous p. a mass of mucus and cells filling the cervical canal between periods or during pregnancy; a mass of mucous occluding a main or lobar bronchus.
- Traube plugs SYN: Dittrich plugs.

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plug 'pləg n a piece of material (as wood or alloy) used or serving to fill a hole: as
a) the piece in a cock that can be turned to regulate the flow of liquid or gas
b) an obstructing mass of material in a bodily vessel or opening (as of the cervix or a skin lesion)
c) a filling for a hollow tooth
plug vt, plugged; plug·ging
1) to stop, make tight, or secure (as an opening) by or as if by insertion of a plug: close an opening in
2) to fill a cavity in (a tooth)

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(plug) a lumpy mass that closes or obstructs an opening.

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