- Surgery. a small sharp-pointed hook set in a handle, used for seizing and picking up parts in operations and dissections.
- Entomology. a clasplike appendage on the abdomen of a springtail, which holds the springing device in place.
Origin of tenaculum
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The patient is in the lithotomy position, the speculum is passed and the cervix pulled down by a tenaculum.
- a surgical or dissecting instrument for grasping and holding parts, consisting of a slender hook mounted in a handle
C17: from Late Latin, from Latin tenēre to hold
- A long-handled, slender, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, such as blood vessels, during surgery.