forceps

noun
for·​ceps | \ ˈfȯr-səps How to pronounce forceps (audio) , -ˌseps \
plural forceps

Definition of forceps

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

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Other Words from forceps

forcepslike \ ˈfȯr-​səps-​ˌlīk How to pronounce forceps (audio) , -​ˌseps-​ \ adjective

Examples of forceps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trager and employees at the Huntington generally use gloves, eyewear and various tongs and forceps to handle cactus and avoid getting poked. Aliese Willard Muhonen, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 This includes a net, forceps or needle-nosed pliers and a camera if a photo is desired. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2022 Doctors had no choice but to pluck the bloodsuckers out, one by one, using forceps. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2022 The roach was dropped into one cup of juice, stirred with a forceps and then removed. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 The local urgent-care doctor tried his hand with some forceps but was clearly not an expert at removing tiny hairs wrapped around extraneous pieces of penile skin. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 In the video, forceps nudge a piece of squid that sits on a ramp as an offering. New York Times, 22 June 2021 Also, not enough: His headlamp, his forceps and two transparent containers filled with more than 100 live cicadas. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 The key to removal is to use tweezers or another fine-toothed forceps, rather than something more clunky like scissors. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of forceps

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forceps

Latin, tongs, perhaps from formus warm + capere to take — more at therm, heave entry 1

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The first known use of forceps was in 1634

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16 May 2022

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“Forceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forceps. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for forceps

forceps

noun
for·​ceps | \ ˈfȯr-səps How to pronounce forceps (audio) \
plural forceps

Kids Definition of forceps

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

forceps

noun
for·​ceps | \ ˈfȯr-səps How to pronounce forceps (audio) , -ˌseps How to pronounce forceps (audio) \
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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