from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sharp-pointed surgical instrument, used with a cannula to puncture a body cavity for fluid aspiration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pointed hollow cylindrical device used to make small incisions and surgically insert cannulas, etc., into body cavities, or to aspirate fluids.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stylet, usually with a triangular point, used for exploring tissues or for inserting drainage tubes, as in dropsy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A surgical instrument used for withdrawing fluid from the body in cases of dropsy, hydrocele, etc.
French trocart : trois, three (from Old French, from Latin trēs; see trei- in Indo-European roots) + carre, side of an instrument (from Old French, from carrer, to square, from Latin quadrāre, from quadrum, square; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)