Sty"let (?), n. [F., dim. of style; cf. It. stiletto. See Stiletto.]

A small poniard; a stiletto.

2. Surg. (a)

An instrument for examining wounds and fistulas, and for passing setons, and the like; a probe, -- called also specillum.

(b)

A stiff wire, inserted in catheters or other tubular instruments to maintain their shape and prevent clogging.

3. Zool.

Any small, more or less rigid, bristlelike organ; as, the caudal stylets of certain insects; the ventral stylets of certain Infusoria.

 

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