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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.
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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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.
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forcepsOb/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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. An instrument for seizing a structure and making compression or traction.
2. [TA] Bands of white fibers in the brain, major forceps and minor forceps.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
forcepsSurgical 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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
An instrument to grasp a structure, for compression or traction.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012