Definition of scalpel
: a small straight thin-bladed knife used especially in surgery
Recent Examples of scalpel from the Web
In the Smithsonian’s museum of Asian arts, conservation is a rarefied world of badger-hair brushes and irradiated silks, poultices and pastes, scalpels and solvents.
A doctor disguised as one who would save lives came to the New York hospital that had spurned him only to try to destroy them instead, replacing his stethoscope and scalpel with an automatic weapon, authorities say.
Three goats and a miniature horse also were removed from the property along with evidence including surgical scalpels and veterinary medical equipment, according to police.
Extending from the end of each is any number of switchable instruments: clamps, scalpels or scissors, as needed.
Dr. Albert Chi even called out for scotch tape as if asking for a scalpel.
Unless Trump and his commerce secretary, former steel mill owner Wilbur Ross, slice their decision with a sharp scalpel and carve out exceptions, any of these things could happen, according to steelmaking and steel-using executives.
FLOAT OF DAGGERS: Intimidating yet awesome, this is a unit covered entirely by knives, stilettos, scythes, scalpels, skewers, lancets, switchblades and shivs.
After using a scalpel to open the underbelly and slice into the stomach itself, Martinez, 26, of Glendora and not easily grossed out, picked visibly identifiable matter away from the remains of CY120’s last few meals.
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Origin and Etymology of scalpel
Latin scalpellus, scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum chisel, knife, from scalpere to scratch, carve
First Known Use: 1742See Words from the same year
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Definition of scalpel for English Language Learners
: a small knife with a thin, sharp blade that is used in surgery
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