forceps

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See also: fórceps

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin forceps.

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forceps (plural forceps or forcipes or forcepses)

  1. An instrument used in surgery or medical procedures for grasping and holding objects, similar to tongs or pincers.

Usage notes[edit]

Although the Latin word is singular, this word is often treated as a plurale tantum by analogy with names for similar items such as tongs and tweezers: this forceps or these forceps (or even pair of forceps).

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *formokaps through syncope. Surface etymology: from formus (warm) +‎ -ceps (taker).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

forceps m (genitive forcipis); third declension

  1. (pair of) tongs, pincers, forceps

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative forceps forcipēs
Genitive forcipis forcipum
Dative forcipī forcipibus
Accusative forcipem forcipēs
Ablative forcipe forcipibus
Vocative forceps forcipēs

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