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

Definition of scalpel

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

Origin and Etymology of scalpel

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


First Known Use: 1742


SCALPEL Defined for English Language Learners

scalpel

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

Definition of scalpel for English Language Learners

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


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scalpel

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

Medical Definition of scalpel

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

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