tenaculum
noun (plural tenacula or -lums) Etymology: New Latin, from Late Latin, instrument for holding, from Latin tenēre Date: circa 1693 1. a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts (as arteries) 2. an adhesive animal structure

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  • Tenaculum — Te*nac u*lum, n.; pl. L. {Tenacula}; E. {Tenaculums}. [L., a holder, fr. tenere to hold. Cf. {Tenaille}.] (Surg.) An instrument consisting of a fine, sharp hook attached to a handle, and used mainly for taking up arteries, and the like. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenaculum — [tə nak′yo͞o ləm, tə nak′yələm] n. pl. tenacula [tə nak′yo͞o lə, tə nak′yələ] [LL, instrument for holding < L tenere, to hold: see TENANT] Surgery a pointed, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, as blood vessels …   English World dictionary

  • tenaculum — a supplemental clasper in Holocephali, one in front of the pelvic fin (prepelvic tenaculum) and one on the forehead (cephalic tenaculum) …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • tenaculum — /teuh nak yeuh leuhm/, n., pl. tenacula / leuh/. 1. Surg. a small sharp pointed hook set in a handle, used for seizing and picking up parts in operations and dissections. 2. Entomol. a clasplike appendage on the abdomen of a springtail, which… …   Universalium

  • tenaculum — (té na ku lom ) s. m. Terme de chirurgie. Aiguille courbée au bout, attachée à un manche, et destinée à tenir les artères qui doivent être liées. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat. tenaculum (voy. tenaille) …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tenaculum — te•nac•u•lum [[t]təˈnæk yə ləm[/t]] n. pl. la ( lə). srg a small, sharp pointed hook set in a handle, used for seizing and picking up parts in surgical operations and dissections • Etymology: 1685–95; < L tenāculum instrument for gripping, der …   From formal English to slang

  • tenaculum — see retinaculum …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • tenaculum — noun A medical instrument consisting of a sharp hook attached to a handle; used mainly for taking up arteries and the like …   Wiktionary

  • tenaculum — A surgical clamp designed to hold or grasp tissue during dissection, commonly used to grasp the cervix. [L. a holder, fr. teneo, to hold] tenacula tendinum a tendinous restraining structure, such an extensor or flexor …   Medical dictionary

  • Tenaculum — Тенакль …   Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии

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