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tenaculum

[tuh-nak-yuh-luh m]
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noun, plural te·nac·u·la [tuh-nak-yuh-luh] /təˈnæk yə lə/.
  1. Surgery. a small sharp-pointed hook set in a handle, used for seizing and picking up parts in operations and dissections.
  2. Entomology. a clasplike appendage on the abdomen of a springtail, which holds the springing device in place.

Origin of tenaculum

1685–95; < Latin tenāculum instrument for gripping, equivalent to ten(ēre) to hold + -ā- (from v. stems ending in -ā-; see gubernaculum) + -culum -cule2
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Historical Examples

  • The patient is in the lithotomy position, the speculum is passed and the cervix pulled down by a tenaculum.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)

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British Dictionary definitions for tenaculum

tenaculum

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. a surgical or dissecting instrument for grasping and holding parts, consisting of a slender hook mounted in a handle

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin, from Latin tenēre to hold
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tenaculum in Medicine

tenaculum

(tə-năkyə-ləm)
n. pl. te•nac•u•la (-lə)
  1. A long-handled, slender, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, such as blood vessels, during surgery.
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