[ lan-sit, lahn- ]
/ ˈlæn sɪt, ˈlɑn- /


a small surgical instrument, usually sharp-pointed and two-edged, for making small incisions, opening abscesses, etc.
  1. a lancet arch.
  2. a lancet window.

Origin of lancet

1375–1425; late Middle English lancette < Middle French. See lance1, -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lancet

/ (ˈlɑːnsɪt) /


Also called: lance a pointed surgical knife with two sharp edges

Word Origin for lancet

C15 lancette, from Old French: small lance
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Medicine definitions for lancet

[ lănsĭt ]


A surgical knife with a short, wide, pointed double-edged blade, used especially for making punctures and small incisions.lance
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