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scalpel

[skal-puh l] /ˈskæl pəl/
noun
1.
a small, light, usually straight knife used in surgical and anatomical operations and dissections.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum tool for scraping or paring (derivative of scalpere to scratch); for formation see castellum
Related forms
scalpellic
[skal-pel-ik] /skælˈpɛl ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scalpellic

scalpel

/ˈskælpəl/
noun
1.
a surgical knife with a short thin blade
Derived Forms
scalpellic (skælˈpɛlɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin scalpellum, from scalper a knife, from scalpere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for scalpellic

scalpel

n.

1742, from Latin scalpellum "a surgical knife," diminutive of scalprum "knife, chisel, tool for scraping or cutting," from scalpere "to carve, cut," related to sculpere "to carve," from PIE root *(s)kel- "to cut, cleave" (see scale (n.1)).

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scalpellic in Medicine

scalpel scal·pel (skāl'pəl)
n.
A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.

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