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[tuh-nak-yuh-luh m] /təˈnæk yə ləm/
noun, plural tenacula
[tuh-nak-yuh-luh] /təˈnæk yə lə/ (Show IPA)
Surgery. a small sharp-pointed hook set in a handle, used for seizing and picking up parts in operations and dissections.
Entomology. a clasplike appendage on the abdomen of a springtail, which holds the springing device in place.
Origin of tenaculum
1685-95; < Latin tenāculum instrument for gripping, equivalent to ten(ēre) to hold + -ā- (from v. stems ending in -ā-; see gubernaculum) + -culum -cule2 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -la (-lə)
a surgical or dissecting instrument for grasping and holding parts, consisting of a slender hook mounted in a handle
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, from Latin tenēre to hold
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tenaculum in Medicine

tenaculum te·nac·u·lum (tə-nāk'yə-ləm)
n. pl. te·nac·u·la (-lə)
A long-handled, slender, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, such as blood vessels, during surgery.

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