- 1. Canopy used in various types of inhalation therapy to control humidity and concentration of oxygen in inspired air. 2. Cylinder of some material, usually absorbent, introduced into a canal or sinus to maintain its patency or to dilate it. 3. To elevate or pick up a segment of skin, fascia, or tissue at a given point, giving it the appearance of a t.. [L. tendo, pp. tensus, to stretch]- oxygen t. a transparent enclosure, suspended over the bed and enclosing the patient, used to supply a high concentration of oxygen.- sponge t. SYN: compressed sponge.* * *tetanus neurotoxin
* * *tent 'tent n a canopy or enclosure placed over the head and shoulders to retain vapors or oxygen during medical administration
* * *n.1. an enclosure of material (usually transparent plastic) around a patient in bed, into which a gas or vapour can be passed as part of treatment. An oxygen tent is relatively inefficient as a means of administering oxygen; a face mask or intranasal oxygen are used where possible.2. a piece of dried vegetable material, usually a seaweed stem, shaped to fit into an orifice, such as the cervical canal. As it absorbs moisture it expands, providing a slow but forceful means of dilating the orifice.
* * *(tent) [L. tenta, from tendere to stretch] 1. a covering of fabric designed to enclose an open space, especially such an arrangement over a patient's bed for the purpose of administering oxygen or vaporized medication by inhalation. 2. a conical and expansible plug of soft material, as lint, gauze, etc., for dilating an orifice or for keeping a wound open, so as to prevent its healing except at the bottom.
Medical dictionary. 2011.