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forceps


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forceps  \For"ceps\,  n.  [L.  forceps,  -cipis,  from  the  root  of 
  formus  Hot  +  capere  to  take  akin  to  E.  heave.  Cf 
  {Furnace}.] 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forceps 
  n  :  a  pair  of  pincers  used  in  medical  treatment;  especially  for 
  the  delivery  of  babies 




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