tenaculum

noun
te·​nac·​u·​lum | \tə-ˈna-kyə-ləm \
plural tenacula\tə-​ˈna-​kyə-​lə \ or tenaculums

Definition of tenaculum 

1 : a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts (such as arteries)

2 : an adhesive animal structure

First Known Use of tenaculum

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tenaculum

New Latin, from Late Latin, instrument for holding, from Latin tenēre

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tenaculum

noun
te·​nac·​u·​lum | \tə-ˈnak-yə-ləm \
plural tenacula\-​ˌlə \ or tenaculums

Medical Definition of tenaculum 

: a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts (as arteries)

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