lan·​cet | \ ˈlan(t)-sət How to pronounce lancet (audio) \

Definition of lancet

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

Examples of lancet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The yellow clapboard church with lancet windows, the post office, the school, the Pioneer Fire Protection District’s Station 35 and the house for its resident battalion chief — all gone. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 Using traditional petrochemical manufacturing processes to make materials is like using a blunt instrument, Emanuel said, while bio-manufacturing is more akin to a lancet. James Whitlow,, 14 May 2021 With traditional methods, patients may take regular blood sugar measurements by pricking their finger with a needle-like device known as a lancet, but not record them. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 In promotional videos for the new Kickstarter project, called DIPLE, a tester used a commercial lancet to take a small sample of blood before sandwiching it between thin glass slides to examine red blood cells. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2019 Needles, syringes, lancets and liquids will not be accepted, according to the news release. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2019 The Crush the Crisis program will be taking multiple varieties of opioid medications, including capsules, tablets and patches, but will not be accepting needles, syringes, inhalers, lancets or liquids. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2019 No food scraps, batteries, yard waste, greasy pizza box lids (recycle the clean parts), Styrofoam, wet paper towels, diapers of any kind, clothing, shoes, toys, diabetic lancets, metal tools, nails and construction debris. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, 23 July 2019 For the finger pricks, a lancet is used to draw four drops of blood, which is dripped onto a blood collection card. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 30 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of lancet

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lan·​cet | \ ˈlan(t)-sət How to pronounce lancet (audio) \

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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