noun (plural tenacula /-lə/)
A sharp hook used by a surgeon for picking up small pieces of tissue such as the ends of arteries.
More 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.
late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'holder, holding instrument', from tenere 'to hold'.
Definition of tenaculum in:
- The US English dictionary