Forceps



[fawr-suh ps, -seps] /ˈfɔr səps, -sɛps/

noun, plural forceps, forcipes
[fawr-suh-peez] /ˈfɔr səˌpiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an instrument, as pincers or tongs, for seizing and holding objects, as in surgical operations.
2.
Anatomy, Zoology. a part or feature resembling a forceps, especially a pair of appendages at the posterior of certain insects.
/ˈfɔːsɪps/
noun (pl) -ceps, -cipes (-sɪˌpiːz)
1.

2.
any pincer-like instrument
3.
any part or structure of an organism shaped like a forceps
n.

1560s, from Latin forceps “pair of tongs, pincers,” compound of formus “hot” (see warm (adj.)) + root of capere “to hold, take” (see capable). Originally a smith’s implement. The classical plural is forcipes.

forceps for·ceps (fôr’səps, -sěps)
n. pl. forceps

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