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forceps

 [for´seps] (L.)
a two-bladed instrument with a handle, used for compressing or grasping tissues in surgical operations, handling sterile dressings, and other purposes.
alligator forceps a grasping forceps with a scissorlike handle and blades opening in a vertical plane similar to the jaws of an alligator.
bayonet forceps a forceps whose blades are offset from the axis of the handle.
capsule forceps a forceps for removing the lens capsule in cataract.
Chamberlen forceps the original form of obstetric forceps, invented in the sixteenth century.
clamp forceps a forceps-like clamp with an automatic lock, for compressing arteries or other structures.
dressing forceps forceps with scissor-like handles for grasping lint, drainage tubes, etc., in dressing wounds.
Magill forceps forceps used to introduce an endotracheal tube into the trachea during nasotracheal intubation.
obstetric forceps forceps for extracting the fetal head from the maternal passages.
Obstetric forceps and their application. From McKinney et al., 2000.
rongeur forceps a forceps designed for use in cutting bone.
thumb forceps a forceps with serrated blades and with or without teeth.
tissue forceps a forceps without teeth or with one or more small teeth at the end of each blade, designed for handling tissues with minimal trauma during surgery.

for·ceps

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forceps

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forcepses

(fōr'seps), The singular form of this word is forceps, not forcep.
1. An instrument to grasp a structure, for compression or traction. Compare: clamp.
2. Bands of white fibers in the brain, major forceps, and minor forceps.
[L. a pair of tongs]

forceps

/for·ceps/ (fōr´seps) [L.]
1. a two-bladed instrument with a handle for compressing or grasping tissues in surgical operations, and for handling sterile dressings, etc.
2. any forcipate organ or part.

alligator forceps  strong toothed forceps having a double clamp.
artery forceps  one for grasping and compressing an artery.
axis-traction forceps  specially jointed obstetrical forceps so made that traction can be applied in the line of the pelvic axis.
bayonet forceps  a forceps whose blades are offset from the axis of the handle.
Chamberlen forceps  the original form of obstetrical forceps.
clamp forceps  a forceps-like clamp with an automatic lock, for compressing arteries, etc.
dental forceps  one for the extraction of teeth.
dressing forceps  one with scissor-like handles for grasping lint, drainage tubes, etc., used in dressing wounds.
fixation forceps  one for holding a part steady during operation.
Kocher forceps  a strong forceps for holding tissues during operation or for compressing bleeding tissue.
Levret's forceps  an obstetrical forceps curved to correspond with the curve of the parturient canal.
Löwenberg's forceps  one for removing adenoid growth.
forceps ma´jor  the terminal fibers of the corpus callosum that pass from the splenium into the occipital lobes.
forceps mi´nor  the terminal fibers of the corpus callosum that pass from the genu to the frontal lobes.
mouse-tooth forceps  one with one or more fine teeth at the tip of each blade.
obstetrical forceps  one for extracting the fetal head from the maternal passages.
Péan forceps  a clamp for hemostasis.
rongeur forceps  one for use in cutting bone.
sequestrum forceps  one with small but strong serrated jaws for removing pieces of bone forming a sequestrum.
speculum forceps  a long, slender forceps for use through a speculum.
tenaculum forceps  one having a sharp hook at the end of each jaw.
torsion forceps  one for making torsion on an artery to arrest hemorrhage.
volsella forceps , vulsellum forceps one with teeth for grasping and applying traction.
Willett forceps  a vulsellum for applying scalp traction to control hemorrhage in placenta previa.

forceps

(fôr′səps, -sĕps)
n. pl. forceps
1. An instrument resembling a pair of pincers or tongs, used for grasping, manipulating, or extracting, especially such an instrument used by a surgeon.
2. A pincerlike pair of movable appendages at the posterior end of the abdomen in certain insects, such as earwigs.

forceps

pl. forceps
Etymology: L, pair of tongs
a pair of any of a large variety and number of surgical instruments, all of which have two handles or sides, each attached to a dull blade. The handles may be joined at one end, such as a pair of tweezers, or the two sides may be separate to be drawn together in use, such as obstetric forceps. Forceps are used to grasp, handle, compress, pull, or join tissue, equipment, or supplies. See also thumb forceps, specific forceps.
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Magill forceps

forceps

Ob/Gyn A 2-part surgical instrument that articulates–hinges at the center—which is placed around the neonatal head to extract an infant in an operative vaginal delivery Complications Subdural or cerebral hemorrhage, facial nerve injury, brachial plexus injury, mechanical ventilation. See BiCOAG bipolar forceps, Biopsy forceps, Bissinger detachable bipolar coagulation forceps, Cold cup forceps, Mosquito forceps, Mousetooth forceps. Cf Vacuum extraction.

for·ceps

(fōr'seps)
1. An instrument for seizing a structure and making compression or traction.
Compare: clamp
2. [TA] Bands of white fibers in the brain, major forceps and minor forceps.

forceps

Surgical instruments made in a wide variety of sizes and designs for different purposes, but all having opposing blades or surfaces, that are smooth, serrated or toothed, and that can be pressed together. Forceps are used to grasp or compress tissue, to extract objects, or to hold needles, swabs, LIGATURES or other medical items.

for·ceps

(fōr'seps)
An instrument to grasp a structure, for compression or traction.

forceps

(for´seps),
n 1. a colloquial term for an instrument used for grasping or applying force to teeth, tissues, or other objects, such as when they are extracted.
2. an instrument used for grasping and holding tissues or specific structures.
forceps, bone,
n the force used for grasping or cutting bone.
forceps, chalazion,
n a thumb forceps with a flattened plate at the end of one arm and a matching ring on the other. Originally used for isolation of eyelid tumors. It is useful for isolation of lip and cheek lesions, such as a mucocele, to facilitate removal.
forceps, dental extracting,
n forceps used for grasping teeth.
forceps, hemostatic,
n an instrument for grasping blood vessels to control hemorrhage.
forceps, insertion,
n See forceps, point.
forceps, lock,
n See forceps, point.
forceps, Magill,
n.pr a tongs-shaped tool used to remove objects from the oral cavity.
forceps, mosquito,
n a small hemostatic forceps.
forceps, point (lock forceps, insertion forceps),
n a device used in filling root canals that securely holds the filling cones during their placement.
forceps, rubber dam clamp,
n forceps whose beaks are designed to engage holes in the rubber dam retainer to facilitate its placement, adjustment, or removal.
forceps, suture,
forceps, thumb,
n the forceps used for grasping soft tissue; used especially during suturing.
forceps, tissue,
n a thumb forceps; an instrument with one or more fine teeth at the tip of each blade for controlling tissues during surgery, especially during suturing.

forceps

pl. forcipes [L.] a two-bladed instrument with a handle for compressing or grasping tissues in surgical operations, and for handling sterile dressings, etc.

alligator forceps
strong toothed forceps having a double clamp. Long-handled with short jaws at the end of a long shank. Designed for grasping in an enclosed space, e.g. removing grass seeds from ear canals.
bayonet forceps
a forceps whose blades are offset from the axis of the handle.
bone-cutting forceps
have cutting blades and may be double-action.
bone-holding forceps
designed to grip bones or fragments.
capsule forceps
a forceps for removing the lens capsule in cataract.
clamp forceps
a forceps-like clamp with an automatic lock, for compressing arteries, etc.
dressing forceps
finger- and thumb-operated spring forceps used for general grasping of tissues, dressings; there is a great variety of tips available to the blades. Called also thumb forceps.
grasping forceps
includes tissue, sponge, towel, vulsellum forceps.
hemostatic forceps
used to clamp the ends of vessels and establish hemostasis or to cross clamp a vascular pedicle. See also crile hemostatic forceps, halsted mosquito forceps, kelly-murphy forceps, rochester-carmalt forceps.
obstetric forceps
forceps for extracting the fetal head from the maternal passages.
rongeur forceps
a forceps designed for use in cutting bone.
sponge forceps
thumb forceps
for holding tissue with the left hand while using another instrument in the right hand (or vice versa for the sinistral surgeon). Called also tissue forceps.
tissue forceps
includes adson tissue forceps, alligator forceps (see above), allis tissue forceps, babcock forceps, knowles forceps, rightangle forceps, vulsella.
towel forceps
spring clips with middle crossover and spring at end. Inward curving, sharp pointed tips. Used to fix drapes to tissue with minimal trauma. Also usable as light tissue forceps or rib approximators in small animals.
transfer forceps
a sterile grasping instrument, used to move surgical instruments, blades, needles and suture material to the instrument table at surgery.