FOR'CEPS, n. [L.] Literally, a pair of pinchers or tongs. In surgery, an instrument for extracting any thing from a wound, and for like purposes. A pair of scissors for cutting off or dividing the fleshy membranous parts of the body.
noun (pluralforceps) Etymology: Latin, tongs, perhaps from formus warm + capere to take — more at therm, heaveDate: 1634 an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon objects especially for delicate operations (as by jewelers or surgeons) • forcepslikeadjective
Forceps For"ceps, n. [L. forceps, -cipis, from the root of formus Hot + capere to take; akin to E. heave. Cf. Furnace.] 1. A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping, holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it would be inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the fingers, especially one for delicate operations, as those of watchmakers, surgeons, accoucheurs, dentists, etc. 2. (Zo["o]l.) The caudal forceps-shaped appendage of earwigs and some other insects. See Earwig. Dressing forceps. See under Dressing.