Definition of forceps
: an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon objects especially for delicate operations (as by jewelers or surgeons)
forcepslikeplay \ˈfȯr-səps-ˌlīk, -ˌseps-\ adjective
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And the rate of operative deliveries (Cesareans, use of forceps and vacuum extractors) is over 60 percent in many hospitals.
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FORCEPS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forceps for English Language Learners
: a medical tool that is used for grasping or holding things
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Definition of forceps for Students
: an instrument for grasping, holding, or pulling on things especially in delicate operations (as by a jeweler or surgeon)
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