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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.
forceps used for grasping and applying traction to or rotating the fetal head; the blades are introduced separately into the genital canal, permitting the fetal head to be grasped firmly but with minimal compression, and then are articulated after being placed in correct position.
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ob·stet·ric for·ceps(ob-stet'rik fōr'seps)
Forceps used for grasping and applying traction to or for rotation of the fetal head; the blades are introduced separately into the genital canal, permitting the fetal head to be grasped firmly but with minimal compression, and are articulated after being placed in position.
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