tenaculum (plural tenacula)
- 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:
- 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.
Late Latin. From teneō.
- English: tenaculum
- French: tenaille
- Italian: tenacolo
- Portuguese: tenáculo, tenalha
- Spanish: tenáculo
- tenaculum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- du Cange, Charles (1883), “tenaculum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
- “tenaculum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)