Origin of scalpel
Examples from the Web for scalpel
"You give the scalpel to the doctors for a reason," said O'Mara.George Zimmerman Won’t Testify, His Counsel Butts Heads With Judge|Jacqui Goddard|July 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Using a scalpel, Rowe cuts out portions of the illustration and then stands them up.
The defense cuts would go through the orderly legislative process of putting together a budget, “using a scalpel and not an ax.”Sequester Looms as Democrats and GOP Make Little Effort to Resolve Impasse|Eleanor Clift|February 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So we need more pressure on AQAP, but with a scalpel, not a chain saw.
Fiscal policy is more precise, less a meat cleaver than a scalpel.
The scalpel, during the dissection of the muscles, met with granulations which blunted the edge of the instrument.Animal Parasites and Messmates|P. J. Van Beneden
There was nowhere a factory that could make a scalpel, to say nothing of more ingeniously contrived surgical implements.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume I (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
Each stroke of the pen, or rather each turn of the scalpel, amazes us by its keen penetration.The Land of Contrasts|James Fullarton Muirhead
The duct is now severed with the scalpel at a point a little way from the papilla as shown at G in Fig. 3.Fur Farming For Profit|Hermon Basil Laymon
The protruding mass may then be cleanly excised by means of a scalpel.
British Dictionary definitions for scalpel
Word Origin for scalpel
Word Origin and History for scalpel
1742, from Latin scalpellum "a surgical knife," diminutive of scalprum "knife, chisel, tool for scraping or cutting," from scalpere "to carve, cut," related to sculpere "to carve," from PIE root *(s)kel- "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).