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forceps

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noun, for·ceps \ˈfȯr-səps, -ˌseps\

Simple Definition of forceps

  • : a medical tool that is used for grasping or holding things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of forceps

plural forceps

  1. :  an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon objects especially for delicate operations (as by jewelers or surgeons)

forcepslike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin of forceps

Latin, tongs, perhaps from formus warm + capere to take — more at therm, heave


First Known Use: 1634

Rhymes with forceps


FORCEPS Defined for Kids

forceps

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noun for·ceps \ˈfȯr-səps\

Definition of forceps for Students

plural forceps

  1. :  an instrument for grasping, holding, or pulling on things especially in delicate operations (as by a jeweler or surgeon)




Medical Dictionary

forceps

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noun for·ceps \ˈfȯr-səps, -ˌseps\

Medical Definition of forceps

plural forceps

  1. :  an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon objects especially for delicate operations (as by surgeons, obstetricians, or dentists)




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