tongs or pincers for grasping, compressing, and pulling, used esp. by surgeons and dentists
Origin of forcepsL, origin, originally , smith's tongs from formus, warm + capere, to take: see have
- An instrument resembling a pair of pincers or tongs, used for grasping, manipulating, or extracting, especially such an instrument used by a surgeon.
- A pincerlike pair of movable appendages at the posterior end of the abdomen in certain insects, such as earwigs.
Origin of forcepsLatin fire tongs, pincers ; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.
(plural forceps or forcipes or forcepses)
From Latin forceps.