scalpel

noun
scal·​pel | \ ˈskal-pəl How to pronounce scalpel (audio) also skal-ˈpel How to pronounce scalpel (audio) \

Definition of scalpel

: a small straight thin-bladed knife used especially in surgery

Examples of scalpel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The question is, will that person trim it with a scalpel or a cleaver? Kyle Whitmire, al, "Whitmire: The fuse John Merrill’s downfall lit," 18 Apr. 2021 Environmentalists breathed a heavy, if reluctant, sigh of relief last week when a bill to repeal the state's wetlands protections was amended to cut regulation with a scalpel, rather than a cleaver. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Amended bill puts more wetlands on the chopping block," 14 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors at the 1979 trial said MacDonald, a physician, used a knife and an ice pick to kill his wife and children at their house before stabbing himself with a scalpel. Gary Robertson, baltimoresun.com, "No release from Maryland federal prison for ex-Army captain guilty in ‘Fatal Vision’ murders," 10 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors at the 1979 trial said MacDonald, a physician, used a knife and an ice pick to kill his wife and children at their house before stabbing himself with a scalpel. Gary Robertson, baltimoresun.com, "No release from Maryland federal prison for ex-Army captain guilty in ‘Fatal Vision’ murders," 10 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors at the 1979 trial said MacDonald, a physician, used a knife and an ice pick to kill his wife and children at their house before stabbing himself with a scalpel. Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, "No release for ex-officer guilty in 'Fatal Vision' murders," 9 Apr. 2021 Edward Jenner, the English physician who came up with the smallpox vaccine, nicked recipients with a knife or scalpel, and then filled the cut with pus or remnants of a smallpox scab. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Scientists have spent nearly 100 years searching for a better way to give vaccines," 5 Apr. 2021 Indeed, Frangello also takes the scalpel to her own chest. Meredith Maran, Los Angeles Times, "For a scorched-earth memoirist, truth-telling is a feminist act," 31 Mar. 2021 As the feature continues to grow, Facebook suggested a scalpel, not an ax, was the best way to combat problems that arise. NBC News, "Facebook to crack down on groups that break its rules," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of scalpel

1742, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scalpel

Latin scalpellus, scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum chisel, knife, from scalpere to scratch, carve

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The first known use of scalpel was in 1742

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26 Apr 2021

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“Scalpel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalpel. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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scalpel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scalpel

: a small knife with a thin, sharp blade that is used in surgery

scalpel

noun
scal·​pel | \ ˈskal-pəl also skal-ˈpel \

Medical Definition of scalpel

: a small straight thin-bladed knife used especially in surgery

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