tenaculum

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

tenaculum ‎(plural tenacula)

  1. A medical instrument consisting of a sharp hook attached to a handle; used mainly for taking up arteries and the like.
    • 1909, Woods Hutchinson, Preventable Diseases[1]:
      It was a recognized procedure in those days (and is resorted to still), when all medical, electrical, and other remedial measures had failed to relieve a furious neuralgia, for the surgeon to cut down upon the nerve-trunk, free it from its surrounding attachments, and, slipping his tenaculum or finger under it, stretch the nerve with a considerable degree of force.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin. From teneō.

Noun[edit]

tenaculum

  1. (Late Latin) instrument for gripping

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