Definition of Forceps

1. Noun. An extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies).

Generic synonyms: Extractor
Specialized synonyms: Lion-jaw Forceps, Mouse-tooth Forceps
Language type: Plural, Plural Form



Definition of Forceps

1. n. A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it would be inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the fingers, especially one for delicate operations, as those of watchmakers, surgeons, accoucheurs, dentists, etc.

Definition of Forceps

1. Noun. An instrument used in surgery or medical procedures for grasping and holding objects, similar to tongs or pincers. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Forceps

1. an instrument for seizing and holding objects [n -CIPES]

Medical Definition of Forceps

1. 1. A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it would be inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the fingers, especially one for delicate operations, as those of watchmakers, surgeons, accoucheurs, dentists, etc. A pliers-like medical instrument used to grasp tissue. 2. The caudal forceps-shaped appendage of earwigs and some other insects. See Earwig. Dressing forceps. See Dressing. Origin: L. Forceps, -cipis, from the root of formus Hot + capere to take; akin to E. Heave. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forceps

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forcement
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forceps (current term)
forceps anterior
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Literary usage of Forceps

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1900)
"The forceps were quickly passed beneath the packing and the bleeding vessel secured. The gauze was then removed and I observed that a large vein had been ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"The forceps was then applied, using the right blade somewhat behind the occiput, and the left blade in front of the sinciput, the blades were locked ami the ..."

3. The Lancet (1898)
"When he was in general practice be bad used forceps in nearly every cace and in bis ... He bad teen many instances of the abuse of forceps, and these were ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1920)
"The forceps-borne needle with the long double thread is next swept in a loop round the dissecting forceps (Fig. 3), which is then at once made to grasp the ..."

5. The Laryngoscope by American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (1901)
"The question then arises regarding a forceps. Undoubtedly the most frequently used and advocated forceps is the Gradle, but there are, in my opinion, ..."

6. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1897)
"THE author gave a demonstration of intestinal anastomosis by a new forceps, a full description of which already appeared in the Philadelphia, ..."

7. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary: A Description of Tools, Instruments by Edward Henry Knight (1876)
"forceps for teeth, uvula, arteries, esophagus, etc., were found in a house in ... See un-Her the following heads : — Alveolar forceps. Artery-forceps. ..."

8. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1874)
"Dr. Macdonald had maintained that in contracted pelvis delay should at first be tried, and if that did not succeed the forceps should be tried; ..."

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