\da͡ɪlˈe͡ɪtɪŋ ˈe͡ɪd͡ʒənts], \daɪlˈeɪtɪŋ ˈeɪdʒənts], \d_aɪ_l_ˈeɪ_t_ɪ_ŋ ˈeɪ_dʒ_ə_n_t_s]\
Definitions of DILATING AGENTS
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Dilatantia, (F.) Dilatants. Certain substances used in surgery, either to keep parts separate which have tendency to unite as after opening an abscess, to prevent the edges of the incision from uniting; or to increase and dilate openings of canals, either when natural, or formed accidentally or artificially. These agents differ from each other: the chief are -prepared sponge tents, gentian root, bougies, sounds, dried peas for issues, &c.
By Robley Dunglison
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