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Glossary Term

peripheral venous catheter     (peh-RIH-feh-rul VEE-nus KA-theh-ter)

A device used to draw blood and give treatments, including intravenous fluids, drugs, or blood transfusions. A thin, flexible tube is inserted into a vein, usually in the back of the hand, the lower part of the arm, or the foot. A needle is inserted into a port to draw blood or give fluids.