forceps

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noun for·ceps \ˈfȯr-səps, -ˌseps\

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 \ˈfȯr-səps-ˌlīk, -ˌseps-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of forceps

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


FORCEPS Defined for English Language Learners

forceps

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noun

Definition of forceps for English Language Learners

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


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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