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tenaculum

[ tuh-nak-yuh-luhm ]
/ təˈnæk yə ləm /
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noun, plural te·nac·u·la [tuh-nak-yuh-luh]. /təˈnæk yə lə/.
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.
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Origin of tenaculum

1685–95; <Latin tenāculum instrument for gripping, equivalent to ten(ēre) to hold + -ā- (from v. stems ending in -ā-;see gubernaculum) + -culum-cule2
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British Dictionary definitions for tenaculum

tenaculum
/ (tɪˈnækjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)
a surgical or dissecting instrument for grasping and holding parts, consisting of a slender hook mounted in a handle

Word Origin for tenaculum

C17: from Late Latin, from Latin tenēre to hold
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Medical definitions for tenaculum

tenaculum
[ tə-năkyə-ləm ]

n. pl. te•nac•u•la (-lə)
A long-handled, slender, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, such as blood vessels, during surgery.
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