[fawr-suhps, -seps]
noun, plural forceps, forcipes [fawr-suh-peez] .
an instrument, as pincers or tongs, for seizing and holding objects, as in surgical operations.
Anatomy, Zoology. a part or feature resembling a forceps, especially a pair of appendages at the posterior of certain insects.

1625–35; < Latin: pair of tongs, pincers, said to be a contraction of *formiceps, equivalent to form(us) warm + -i- -i- + -ceps -taker, derivative of capere to take (cf. prince), i.e., that which takes hot things; compare, however, forpex, forfex tongs, shears, from which forceps may have been formed by folk etymology

forcepslike, adjective
forcipial [fawr-sip-ee-uhl] , adjective Unabridged
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forceps (ˈfɔːsɪps)
n , pl -ceps, -cipes
1.  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.  any part or structure of an organism shaped like a forceps
[C17: from Latin, from formus hot + capere to seize]

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1563, from L. forceps, compound of formus "hot" + root of capere "to hold, take" (see capable). Originally a smith's implement.
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forceps for·ceps (fôr'səps, -sěps)
n. pl. forceps

  1. An instrument resembling a pair of pincers, used for grasping, manipulating, or extracting, especially in surgery.

  2. Either of two bands of white fibers composing the radiation of the corpus callosum to the cerebrum.

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