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scalpel

 [skal´p'l]
a small surgical knife with a convex or concave sharp edge; there are now types consisting of a handle with a disposable blade.
Scalpel. From Dorland's, 2000.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

scal·pel

(skal'pĕl),
A knife used in surgical dissection.
[L. scalpellum; dim. of scalprum, a knife]
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scalpel

(skăl′pəl)
n.
A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.
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scalpel

Surgery A surgical cutting knife, usually understood to have a curved and disposible blade. See Rotary gamma scalpel.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scal·pel

(skalp'ĕl)
A knife used in surgical dissection.
[L. scalpellum; dim. of scalprum, a knife]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

scalpel

(skal'pel) [L. scalpellum, small surgical knife]
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SCALPELS: A. Disposable B. Handles
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SCALPELS: A. Disposable B. Handles
A straight or angle-tipped handle for holding a surgical blade. See: illustration

harmonic scalpel

Abbreviation: HS
An ultrasonic dissecting device used in surgery to disrupt, disintegrate, or coagulate tissues, especially those with a high water or fat content. The device works by cavitating the tissues it contacts. When used laparoscopically, tissues destroyed by the scalpel are removed from the body by aspiration. Synonym: ultrasonic dissector

hemostatic scalpel

A scalpel that cuts and cauterizes tissue at the same time.

plasma scalpel

A scalpel that uses argon gas heated to an ionized plasma to divide tissues and cauterize bleeding blood vessels, e.g., during surgery or after trauma.
Synonym: plasma knife
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scalpel

A surgical knife. Most scalpels consist of handles of various size that can be fitted with disposable steel blades. For delicate purposes, such as ophthalmic surgery, scalpels are made very small and fine and the cutting edge may be made of ruby or diamond.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

scal·pel

(skalp'ĕl)
A knife used in surgical dissection.
[L. scalpellum; dim. of scalprum, a knife]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012