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

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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, "Your DNA, Your Diet: How Nutrition Is Being Personalized," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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