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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin forceps.

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forceps (plural forceps or forcipes or forcepses)

  1. An instrument used in surgery or medical procedures for grasping and holding objects, similar to tongs or pincers.

Usage notesEdit

Although the Latin word is singular, this word is often treated as a plurale tantum by analogy with names for similar items such as tongs and tweezers: this forceps or these forceps (or even pair of forceps).

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Italic *formokaps through syncope. Surface etymology: from formus (warm) +‎ -ceps (taker).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

forceps m (genitive forcipis); third declension

  1. (pair of) tongs, pincers, forceps

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative forceps forcipēs
Genitive forcipis forcipum
Dative forcipī forcipibus
Accusative forcipem forcipēs
Ablative forcipe forcipibus
Vocative forceps forcipēs

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