forceps


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

for·ceps

 (fôr′səps, -sĕps)
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.

[Latin, fire tongs, pincers; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.]

forceps

(ˈfɔːsɪps)
n, pl -ceps or -cipes (-sɪˌpiːz)
1. (Surgery)
a. a surgical instrument in the form of a pair of pincers, used esp in the delivery of babies
b. (as modifier): a forceps baby.
2. any pincer-like instrument
3. (Anatomy) any part or structure of an organism shaped like a forceps
[C17: from Latin, from formus hot + capere to seize]
ˈforceps-ˌlike adj

for•ceps

(ˈfɔr səps, -sɛps)

n., pl. -ceps, -ci•pes (-səˌpiz)
an instrument, as pincers or tongs, for seizing and holding objects firmly, as in surgical operations.
[1625–35; < Latin: pair of tongs, pincers]
for′ceps•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forceps - an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)forceps - an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)
extractor - an instrument for extracting tight-fitting components
lion-jaw forceps - a type of forceps
mouse-tooth forceps - a type of forceps
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Translations
مِلْقَط الجَرّاح
lékařské kleště
forcepstang
töng
replės
ķirurģiskās knaibles
lekárske kliešte
forsepspense

forceps

[ˈfɔːseps]
A. NPLfórceps m inv
B. CPD forceps delivery Nparto m con fórceps

forceps

[ˈfɔːrsɪps] nplforceps m

forceps

pl (also pair of forceps)Zange f; forceps deliveryZangengeburt f

forceps

[ˈfɔːsɛps] nplforcipe msg

forceps

(ˈfoːseps) noun plural
a medical instrument used for holding things firmly. a pair of forceps.

for·ceps

n. fórceps, pinza en forma de tenaza que se emplea para sujetar y manipular tejidos o partes del cuerpo.

forceps

n (pl -ceps) (obst, surg) fórceps m
References in classic literature ?
Some day, when I meet a dentist with a pair of forceps, I'm going to have it pulled."
James's celebrated "dawg" Forceps, indeed) scarcely breathing from excitement, listening motionless on three legs, to the faint squeaking of the rats below.
He examined it carefully, and then, nimbly whipping out a pair of small forceps from his case, he drew out some minute particle which he carefully sealed up in a tiny envelope.
Elnathan took a pair of glittering forceps, and was in the act of applying them to the wound, when a sudden motion of the patient caused the shot to fall out of itself, The long arm and broad hand of the operator were now of singular service; for the latter expanded itself, and caught the lead, while at the same time an extremely ambiguous motion was made by its brother, so as to leave it doubtful to the spectators how great was its agency in releasing the shot, Richard, however, put the matter at rest by exclaiming:
There is a forceps for turning keys from the wrong side of the door, but the implement is not so easy of manipulation as it might be.
It reminds a person of those dentists who secure your instant and breathless interest in a tooth by taking a grip on it with the forceps, and then stand there and drawl through a tedious anecdote before they give the dreaded jerk.
Not being aware of this fact, the insect, more than once, as I cautiously approached with my forceps, shuffled on one side just as the instrument was on the point of closing, and thus escaped.
A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the purpose of examination.
Leading US surgeon Atul Gawande, head of the World Health Organisation's safer surgery initiative, said: "If you're seeking the safest possible delivery of every baby you have to take notice of the steady reports of terrible forceps injuries to babies and mothers, despite the training that clinicians have received."
But this option should be considered along with another obstetrical maneuver: the Scanzoni maneuver or use of forceps to rotate a fetus.
Station's line of Cautery Forceps is ideal for a variety of open surgical procedures where fine-precision, soft-tissue cutting and sealing is required.
We read with interest the article published by Dr Kaiser and colleagues (1) on the comparison of progressive dilatational vs forceps dilatational percutaneous tracheostomy.