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.’
- ‘The physician should remove the insertion rod, then remove the insertion tube and the tenaculum.’
- ‘He used the tenaculum without patient discomfort and obtained the needed tissue.’
Late 17th century: from Latin, literally holder, holding instrument from tenere to hold.