Definition of lancet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlansət/


1A small, broad, two-edged surgical knife or blade with a sharp point.
Example sentences
  • Medical wastes are defined as discarded sharps (needles, scalpel blades, lancets, and broken glass) and potentially infectious wastes.
  • Discard the lancet into a biohazard sharps container.
  • ‘No one has a product on the market that will let people throw away their lancets,’ he says.
2A lancet arch or window.
Example sentences
  • Closer to home, the family remained engaged in local affairs, making large donations to St Andrews Martyr's Church, where a beautiful lancet known as Forgan's Window is still preserved.
  • Any heraldic information that appeared at the top of the central and right lancets has been lost.
  • From the high lancets, sunlight streamed in, and the dust motes flared like supernovae as they passed into the light.
2.1 [as modifier] Shaped like a lancet arch: a lancet clock
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  • The sharply pointed lower ends are interpreted to have articulated in the alternating tiny furrows and ridges at the adoral extremity of each lancet plate surrounding the mouth.
  • The heraldic devices of the lancet tops and in the tracery lights represent other of Louis's and Francoise's possessions and ancestors.
  • Additional heraldic shields float in the foregrounds below the flanking scenes, as well as in the lancet cusps and the adjacent tracery openings above them.



Pronunciation: /ˈlansədəd/
Example sentences
  • The company designed and fabricated one new three-lanceted stained glass window for the Children's Chapel.


Late Middle English (also denoting a small lance): from Old French lancette, diminutive of lance 'a lance'.

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Syllabification: lan·cet

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