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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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With a knife or poultry shears, cut chickens into quarters and hens into halves if desired.
But anywhere good knives are sold--cutlery shops, cookware stores, department stores--you will find poultry shears.
With poultry shears or a heavy knife with a hammer to pound it through the bone, cut each pheasant in half lengthwise along backbone and through the breastbone.
With poultry shears or a sharp knife, cut chicken apart along backbone, then place, skin side up, on a board and press down to flatten.
Using poultry shears or a knife, cut each chicken in half lengthwise; then rinse halves and pat dry.
Have you meatman saw through the length of the turkey's backbone; or, at home, use spring-loaded poultry shears and cut just along the bone--or use a heavy knife and hit with a flat mallet.
Transfer to a platter; cut up with a knife or poultry shears.
Cut birds in half lengthwise with poultry shears or a sharp knife and mallet.