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small tong-jawed pincers for bending metals or holding small objects. Various forms are often used in dentistry.
1. Commonly, a scissor-action, pointed-jawed tool for bending or cutting metal wires or grasping small objects.
2. In dentistry, a variety of instruments that have been shaped or adapted for special uses such as cutting arch wires or metal clasps, shaping metal crown details, applying cotton pledgets or rolls, carrying metal foils, tying ligatures, and placing or removing matrix bands.
n a tool of pincer design with jaws of varying shapes; used for holding, bending, stretching, contouring, and cutting.
n a set of pliers with jaws curved to permit developing tooth contours in banding metal.
n a slender, tweezerlike instrument used to hold cotton pellets or pledgets, apply medicaments, and carry small objects to and from the oral cavity.
n pliers whose jaws are designed as a hammer and anvil, with the handles sufficiently long to develop a high leverage ratio. It is used to enlarge metal bands (gold, aluminum, copper) or to thin the contact area of matrix bands.