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n. pl. te·nac·u·la (-lə)
A long-handled, slender, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, such as blood vessels, during surgery.

[Late Latin tenāculum, holder, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -la (-lə)
(Surgery) a surgical or dissecting instrument for grasping and holding parts, consisting of a slender hook mounted in a handle
[C17: from Late Latin, from Latin tenēre to hold]


(təˈnæk yə ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə).
a small, sharp-pointed hook set in a handle, used for seizing and picking up parts in surgical operations and dissections.
[1685–95; < Latin tenāculum instrument for gripping, derivative of ten(ēre) to hold]
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Vaginoscopy avoids the use of a vaginal speculum or cervical tenaculum, and is so tolerable to many patients that I use minimal premedication and only rarely use any local anesthetic and/or sedation, even for biopsies and polypectomies.
We grasped the cervix with a tenaculum and made a colpotomy on the posterior wall of the proximal vagina at the level of posterior fornix.
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