Forceps meaning

fôrsəps, -sĕps
An instrument resembling a pair of pincers or tongs, used for grasping, manipulating, or extracting, especially such an instrument used by a surgeon.
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A pincerlike pair of movable appendages at the posterior end of the abdomen in certain insects, such as earwigs.
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Tongs or pincers for grasping, compressing, and pulling, used esp. by surgeons and dentists.
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An instrument resembling a pair of pincers or tongs, used for grasping, manipulating, or extracting, especially such an instrument used by a surgeon.
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A pincerlike pair of movable appendages at the posterior end of the abdomen in certain insects, such as earwigs.
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An instrument used in surgery or medical procedures for grasping and holding objects, similar to tongs or pincers. (With singular or plural concord.)
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Origin of forceps

  • Latin fire tongs, pincers gwher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin forceps.

    From Wiktionary