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scis·sors

(siz'ŏrz), Avoid using the backformation scissor as a singular noun meaning 'pair of scissors'.
An instrument with two blades, moving on a pivot, that cut against each other.
Synonym(s): shears
[L. scindo, pp. scissus, to cut]

scissors

Etymology: L, scindere, to cut
a sharp instrument composed of two opposing cutting blades held together by a central pin on which the blades pivot. The most common dissecting scissors are the straight Mayo, for cutting sutures; the Snowden-Pencer, for deep, delicate tissue; the long curved Mayo, for deep, heavy, or tough tissue; the short curved Metzenbaum, for superficial, delicate tissue; and the long, blunt curved Metzenbaum, for deep, delicate tissue.
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Potts-Smith cardiovascular scissors
Drug slang A regional term for marijuana
Surgery An instrument with 2 opposing cutting blades

scissors

Surgery An instrument with 2 opposing cutting blades. See Dissecting scissors.

scis·sors

(siz'ŏrz)
An instrument with two blades, moving on a pivot, which cut against each other.
Synonym(s): shears.
[L. scindo, pp. scissus, to cut]

scissors

cutting instruments consisting of two blades pivoted centrally. The blades are closed and material cut by closing the handles. In cutting tissue the preferred technique is to hold the blades in a firmly half-closed position and to push the instrument along the grain of the tissues.

bandage scissors
designed for cutting tight bandages on patients without cutting the patient. Have one blade with a knob at the point for slipping under the bandage. Varieties are Knowles and Lister.
blunt-sharp scissors
see standard surgical scissors (below).
corneal scissors
small, with angled blades. See castroviejo ophthalmic instruments, mcguire scissors.
dissection scissors
used for separating tissues. See mayo scissors, metzenbaum scissors.
iris scissors
small, 3-4 inches long with sharp points, for ophthalmic surgery.
plaster scissors
robust for the cutting of plaster casts. See plaster shears, seutin shears.
standard surgical scissors
have one narrow sharp-pointed and one wide, blunt-pointed blade. Called also blunt-sharp scissors.
stitch scissors, suture scissors
for stitch removal; have a hook-shaped point on one blade to hook under the stitch before cutting it with the opposing blade.
tenotomy scissors
small, 4 inches long, very narrow blades, with large finger rings, for ophthalmic surgery. Called also Stevens scissors.
thoracic scissors
very long, up to 14 inches, scissors for reaching deeply located tissues. See nelson scissors.
toenail scissors
for trimming claws and beaks. May be guillotine style, see resco nail trimmer, or with curved blades, see white scissors.
uterine scissors
9 inches long with long handles and short jaws. See mayo scissors.
wire suture scissors
short, strong construction with very short, sharp-pointed, angled blades.
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A pair of kitchen scissors works well, or use a small leaf shaped fondant cutter.
When she woke him, he pushed her down on the bed, produced the kitchen scissors, sat on top of her and cut off her ponytail.
With poultry shears or kitchen scissors, split bird in half lengthwise through breastbone and backbone.
In the end, there's nothing for it but to take a great big pair of kitchen scissors to the package.
She said that for example in Wal-Mart consumers can find the Gerber multi-plier, Power Century tools -- Power Century is a division of Fiskars -- and kitchen scissors.
55kg | 160ml (5fl oz) low-fat yogurt | 2 cloves of garlic | 1tbsp cumin | 1tbsp ground coriander | 1tbsp ground ginger | Juice 1/2 a lemon | 1tbsp olive oil | Fresh coriander and more yogurt to serve 1 Place the bird breast side down and cut down either side of the backbone with kitchen scissors, then discard the bone.
I used a pair of kitchen scissors to cut the pastry sheet into 10 squares, then cut each square into four strips so I ended up with 40 pieces of pastry.
Later Kim admitted that the Ralph & Russo Couture gown had been a little less revealing but at the last minute "they" - whoever they are, who knows it could have been hubby Kanye with the kitchen scissors - chopped the sleeves off.
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As I'm still nursing a fractured spine, Gerry had to do all the chasing and catching, while I was in charge of the kitchen scissors.
Michael Cresswell from Dudley in the West Midlands, performed the unwanted haircut on Michelle Tether with a pair of kitchen scissors.