Forceps


Forceps
Forceps For"ceps, n. [L. forceps, -cipis, from the root of formus Hot + capere to take; akin to E. heave. Cf. {Furnace}.] 1. A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it would be inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the fingers, especially one for delicate operations, as those of watchmakers, surgeons, accoucheurs, dentists, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The caudal forceps-shaped appendage of earwigs and some other insects. See {Earwig}. [1913 Webster]

{Dressing forceps}. See under {Dressing}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.