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scalpel Syllabification: scal·pel
Pronunciation: /ˈskalpəl/

Definition of scalpel in English:


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A knife with a small, sharp, sometimes detachable blade, as used by a surgeon.
Example sentences
  • Scissors, saws, knives, scalpels, hemostats, etc. - such tools are becoming too expensive to throw away after one use.
  • However, there is more to safely disposing of needles, scalpels and blades than safe sharps containers alone.
  • Staff members should take precautions to prevent serious injuries caused by needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments or devices used during surgical procedures.


Mid 18th century: from French, or from Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum 'chisel', from scalpere 'to scratch'.

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