tenaculum

noun
te·​nac·​u·​lum | \ tə-ˈna-kyə-ləm How to pronounce tenaculum (audio) \
plural tenacula\ tə-​ˈna-​kyə-​lə How to pronounce tenacula (audio) \ 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

borrowed from Medieval Latin tenāculum (usually in plural tenācula) "forceps, pincers," going back to Latin, "instrument for gripping," from tenēre "to hold, occupy, possess" + -āculum, probably after retināculum "rope, cable" — more at tenant entry 1, retinaculum

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The first known use of tenaculum was circa 1693

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“Tenaculum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenaculum. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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tenaculum

noun
te·​nac·​u·​lum | \ tə-ˈnak-yə-ləm How to pronounce tenaculum (audio) \
plural tenacula\ -​ˌlə How to pronounce tenacula (audio) \ 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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