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Meaning of FORCEPS

Pronunciation:  'forsups

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)

FORCEPS is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 See Also: extractor, lion-jaw forceps, mouse-tooth forceps



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\For"ceps\, n. [L. forceps, -cipis, from the root of
formus Hot + capere to take; akin to E. heave. Cf.
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.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The caudal forceps-shaped appendage of earwigs
   and some other insects. See {Earwig}.

{Dressing forceps}. See under {Dressing}.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Surgical instrument used for grasping or compressing tissue.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A pliers-like medical instrument used to grasp tissue.