Scalpel Definition

skălpəl
scalpels
noun
A small, light, straight knife with a very sharp blade, used by surgeons and in anatomical dissections.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • blade
  • surgical tool
  • dissecting instrument
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Other Word Forms of Scalpel

Noun

Singular:
scalpel
Plural:
scalpels

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

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