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Definition of Medical device

Medical device: 1. Broadly, any physical item used in medical treatment, from a cardiac pacemaker to a wheelchair.
2.In insurance terms, usually synonymous an assistive device, although it may include items more frequently thought of as medical supplies, such as dressings needed for wound care at home or syringes for self-administration of insulin.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=39909
Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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