lan·cet | \ˈlan(t)-sət \

Definition of lancet 

1 : a sharp-pointed and commonly 2-edged surgical instrument used to make small incisions

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But her diabetes test strips and lancets cost $120 for a three-month supply. John Tozzi,, "Sky-High Deductibles Broke the U.S. Health Insurance System," 26 June 2018 But her diabetes test strips and lancets cost $120 for a three-month supply. John Tozzi And Zachary Tracer,, "How sky-high deductibles broke the U.S. health insurance system," 26 June 2018 The parasite, the lancet liver fluke, is a flatworm that jumps between different animal species to complete its life cycle. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "These Brain Worms Turn Ants Into Death-Seeking Zombies," 10 June 2018 Wood-beam cathedral ceilings, ornate ironwork and lancet-style windows are among the architectural details. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Beverly Hills-area mansion with ‘Real Housewives’ connection lists for $22 million," 10 May 2018 State law prohibits the disposal of sharps, including needles, syringes and lancets in regular trash. Gary Warth,, "Prescription drugs collection April 28," 23 Apr. 2018 Use a lancet, a tool used to pierce the skin, to create a clean opening down the center of the blemish. Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "How to Pop a Pimple in 4 Easy Steps," 13 Mar. 2018 If the idea of using something with an actual lancet is intimidating, take the DIY route. Marissa Desantis, Teen Vogue, "Pimple Popping: How to Do It Safely," 24 Aug. 2017 Fourteen students may have suffered health consequences when a student at Cabrillo Elementary School on San Pedro Drive found a lancet in front of school on May 26 and used it to poke them. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "HIV, hepatitis test results await Fremont students poked with diabetic lancet by student," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of lancet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lancet

medical : a sharp tool used for cutting the skin


lan·cet | \ˈlan(t)-sət \

Medical Definition of lancet 

: a sharp-pointed and commonly two-edged surgical instrument used to make small incisions (as in a vein or a boil)

called also lance

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