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forceps

[fawr-suh ps, -seps] /ˈfɔr səps, -sɛps/
noun, plural forceps, forcipes
[fawr-suh-peez] /ˈfɔr səˌpiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an instrument, as pincers or tongs, for seizing and holding objects, as in surgical operations.
2.
Anatomy, Zoology. a part or feature resembling a forceps, especially a pair of appendages at the posterior of certain insects.
Origin
1625-1635
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
Related forms
forcepslike, adjective
forcipial
[fawr-sip-ee-uh l] /fɔrˈsɪp i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for forcipes

forceps

/ˈfɔːsɪps/
noun (pl) -ceps, -cipes (-sɪˌpiːz)
1.
  1. a surgical instrument in the form of a pair of pincers, used esp in the delivery of babies
  2. (as modifier): a forceps baby
2.
any pincer-like instrument
3.
any part or structure of an organism shaped like a forceps
Derived Forms
forceps-like, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from formus hot + capere to seize
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Word Origin and History for forcipes

forceps

n.

1560s, from Latin forceps "pair of tongs, pincers," compound of formus "hot" (see warm (adj.)) + root of capere "to hold, take" (see capable). Originally a smith's implement. The classical plural is forcipes.

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forcipes in Medicine

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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