Surgery any of various materials or devices used to hold tissue in place; esp., a tubular device implanted inside a blood vessel to keep the vessel open
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Word origin of 'stent'after Charles R. Stent (died 1901), Brit. dentist who invented a substance later used to make molds for
holding skin grafts in place