- a small, light, usually straight knife used in surgical and anatomical operations and dissections.
Origin of scalpel
Related Wordsbayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo, stiletto
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
July 10, 2013
Using a scalpel, Rowe cuts out portions of the illustration and then stands them up.The Future of Print!
June 4, 2013
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
February 6, 2013
So we need more pressure on AQAP, but with a scalpel, not a chain saw.The Brains Behind the Foiled Plane Plot
October 30, 2010
Fiscal policy is more precise, less a meat cleaver than a scalpel.Finally, Some Real Stimulus
September 7, 2010
Lift edges of the skin and peel from flesh with a sharp knife or scalpel.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
"Wait," said Sanchez, lifting the scalpel and tilting his head.Wind
Charles Louis Fontenay
Even if we had Sainte-Beuve's scalpel, we could not surprise the secret.The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)
Fred, my son, bend over him with those bandages and that scalpel.In the Mahdi's Grasp
George Manville Fenn
Behold, Vitangela, how the scalpel hews that form so loved by thee!Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf
George W. M. Reynolds
- a surgical knife with a short thin blade
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)).
- A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.