Definition of tenaculum in English:

tenaculum

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘The physician should stabilize the cervix with a tenaculum.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

tenaculum

/təˈnakyələm/