a small, light, straight knife with a very sharp blade, used by surgeons and in anatomical dissections
Origin of scalpelClassical Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum, a knife ; from scalpere, to cut ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel- from source scale
A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.
Origin of scalpelLatin scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum, knife, from scalpere, to scratch, cut; see skel-1 in Indo-European roots.
Latin scalpellum, from scalprum (“knife"), from scalpere (“to cut").