Definition of tenaculum in English:

Share this entry

tenaculum

Pronunciation: /təˈnakyələm/

noun (plural tenacula /-yələ/)

A surgical clamp with sharp hooks at the end, used to hold or pick up small pieces of tissue such as the ends of arteries.
Example sentences
  • He used the tenaculum without patient discomfort and obtained the needed tissue.
  • The physician should remove the insertion rod, then remove the insertion tube and the tenaculum.
  • The physician should stabilize the cervix with a tenaculum.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'holder, holding instrument', from tenere 'to hold'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: te·nac·u·lum

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.