Definition of tenaculum in English:


Line breaks: ten¦acu|lum
Pronunciation: /tɪˈnakjʊləm

noun (plural tenacula /-lə/)

A sharp hook used by a surgeon for picking up small pieces of tissue such as the ends of arteries.
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  • 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'.

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