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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.]
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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]
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(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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(137) The physician then administers a numbing agent to the cervix, utilizes additional rods or tenaculum to induce further dilation, and makes a series of passes with a cannula and curette to remove fetal tissue from the uterus.
An ET was considered as uncomplicated when the passage of the catheter through the cervical canal was performed without application of a tenaculum and/or cervix dilation and/or usage of excessive force resulting in blood presence inside the outer sheath of the catheter.
The catheter was gently introduced, in difficult cases with the help of a tenaculum, into the uterine cavity and the pellet was injected.
The ligament is exteriorized by passing a curved scalpel or a tenaculum knife under the ligament from backward (Fig.
When the knob cannot be easily grasped, a carefully placed tenaculum or ring forceps may be helpful to assist removal.
Sexual maturity in males was determined by its secondary sexual characteristics (Didier, 2004) such as, the emergence of the frontal tenaculum, hardened pelvic claspers and denticles present on frontal tenaculum, prepelvic tenacula and pelvic claspers.
Damage from a grasping volsellum or tenaculum to the anterior lip or forcible expansion with Hegar dilators to the cervical canal can be reduced by pre-operative preparation.
This technique should likewise be employed with handling of the tonsil tenaculum, because arcing from the electrocautery tip to the tenaculum can occur and contribute to an unintentional oral burn.
A local anesthestic or paracervical block may be administered before placing the tenaculum on the cervix.
Paracervical anesthesia is probably not necessary, and a little local anesthetic can be helpful before inserting the tenaculum. A follow-up visit should be scheduled 1-3 months after insertion to check for partial or complete expulsion, Ms.
- A plastic disposable seizing device intended to replace the tenaculum. The tenaculum is a device widely used to pull the uterus cervix for diagnostics purposes and surgery.