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an instrument for grasping and holding, consisting of two arms joined by a hinge or pivot.
Gardner-Wells tongs U-shaped tongs used for spinal traction, having pressure--controlled pins that are inserted into the skull at opposite ends to permit application of a longitudinal force to the axis of the spinal column.
Vinke tongs a type of tongs used to exert skeletal traction on the skull, as in surgery for fractures or cervical vertebrae.
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Gard·ner-Wells tongs(gahrd'nĕr-welz tawngz)
A metal fixation device attached to the skull to apply longitudinal traction in cases of cervical fracture.
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