scalpel


scal·pel

noun \ˈskal-pəl also skal-ˈpel\

: a small knife with a thin, sharp blade that is used in surgery

Full Definition of SCALPEL

:  a small straight thin-bladed knife used especially in surgery

Origin of SCALPEL

Latin scalpellus, scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum chisel, knife, from scalpere to scratch, carve
First Known Use: 1742

scal·pel

noun \ˈskal-pəl also skal-ˈpel\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SCALPEL

: a small straight thin-bladed knife used especially in surgery

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