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