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forceps

noun for·ceps \ˈfr-səps, -ˌseps\

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

plural forceps

Full Definition of FORCEPS

:  an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon objects especially for delicate operations (as by jewelers or surgeons)
for·ceps·like \-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

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FORCEPSLIKE Defined for Kids

forceps

noun for·ceps \ˈfr-səps\
plural forceps

Definition of FORCEPS for Kids

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

noun for·ceps \ˈfr-səps, -ˌseps\
plural forceps

Medical Definition of FORCEPS

:  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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