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1. a grasping or clasping.
2. popular term for influenza.
devil's grip epidemic pleurodynia.

devil's grip

Bornholm disease

A coxsackievirus B infection first described on the Danish island of Bornholm.

Clinical findings
A usually self-limited viral illness characterised by sudden onset of spasmodic pain in the lower chest often with dyspnoea, nonspecific abdominal pain, myalgia, fever, headache and myocarditis.

DiffDx, pleuritic pain
Pulmonary embolism, pleural effusion, myocarditis, pericarditis, pneumothorax, Tietz syndrome, shingles.

DiffDx, abdominal pain
Peptic ulcer, cholecystitis, hepatitis, subphrenic abscess.

Transmitted oral-faecally with shared drinks, is highly contagious, occurs in the spring and fall in temperate climates, primarily affects children and young adults and causes severe disease in neonates.

hand-foot-and-mouth dis·ease

(hand-fut-mowth di-zēz')
An exanthematous eruption of small, pearl-gray vesicles of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles, accompanied by painful vesicles and ulceration of the buccal mucous membrane and the tongue and by slight fever; the disease lasts 4-7 days, and is usually caused by Coxsackie virus type A-16, but other types have been identified. This disease is highly contagious and affects many children.

ep·i·dem·ic pleu·ro·dy·ni·a

(ep'i-dem'ik plūr'ō-din'ē-ă)
An acute infectious disease usually occurring in epidemic form, characterized by paroxysms of pain, usually in the chest, and associated with strains of coxsackievirus type B.
Synonym(s): Bornholm disease, Daae disease, devil's grip, diaphragmatic pleurisy, epidemic myalgia, epidemic myositis, myositis epidemica acuta, Sylvest disease.


pertaining to the devil; said of something evil.

devil's apple
devil's bit
devil's droppings
devil's fig
devil's fish
giant squid of the family Architeuthidae, presenting no danger to humans or animals, despite generations of fictive folk lore.
devil's food
devil's grip
a conformation defect in sheep in which the thorax is pinched in behind the shoulders. Reputed to make affected sheep more susceptible to fleece rot and blowfly strike.
devil's ivy
see datura.
devil's thorn
see tribulusterrestris.
devil's trumpet


a grasping or clasping.
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Grips for holding scalpel. A, pencil grip; B, fingertip grip, C. palm grip.By permission from Slatter D, Textbook of Small Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2002

devil's grip
see devil's grip.
fingertip grip
a method of holding a scalpel between the thumb and other fingers with the palm over the handle.
palm grip
a method of holding a scalpel under the palm with the thumb pressing on the top of the blade and the fingers curled under and around the handle.
pencil grip
a method of holding a scalpel as a pencil between the thumb and first finger with the handle over the top of the space between them.