Scalpel meaning

skălpəl
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A small, light, straight knife with a very sharp blade, used by surgeons and in anatomical dissections.
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A small straight knife with a very sharp blade used for surgery, dissection and craftwork.
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A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.
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A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.
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Origin of scalpel

  • Latin scalpellum diminutive of scalper, scalprum knife from scalpere to scratch, cut skel-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Latin scalpellum, from scalprum (“knife"), from scalpere (“to cut").

    From Wiktionary