scalpel

[ skal-puhl ]
/ ˈskæl pəl /

noun

a small, light, usually straight knife used in surgical and anatomical operations and dissections.

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Origin of scalpel

1735–45; <Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum tool for scraping or paring (derivative of scalpere to scratch); for formation see castellum

OTHER WORDS FROM scalpel

scal·pel·lic [skal-pel-ik], /skælˈpɛl ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scalpel

scalpel
/ (ˈskælpəl) /

noun

a surgical knife with a short thin blade

Derived forms of scalpel

scalpellic (skælˈpɛlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for scalpel

C18: from Latin scalpellum, from scalper a knife, from scalpere to scrape
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Medical definitions for scalpel

scalpel
[ skălpəl ]

n.

A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.
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