[lan-sit, lahn-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. lancelot, sir,
  2. lanceolate,
  3. lancepod,
  4. lancer,
  5. lancers,
  6. lancet arch,
  7. lancet clock,
  8. lancet fish,
  9. lancet window,
  10. lanceted

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



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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Word Origin and History for lancet



late 14c., launcet, from Old French lancette "small lance" (12c.), diminutive of lance (see lance (n.)).

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Medicine definitions for lancet




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

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