noun, plural tenacula [tuh-nak-yuh-luh] .
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.

1685–95; < Latin tenāculum instrument for gripping, equivalent to ten(ēre) to hold + -ā- (from v. stems ending in -ā-; see gubernaculum) + -culum -cule2

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tenaculum (tɪˈnækjʊləm)
n , pl -la
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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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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Cervix suitable for tenaculum placement as determined by pelvic exam.
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