Definition of forceps noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɔːseps//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrseps//
[plural] Operations, Birth
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an instrument used by doctors, with two long thin parts for picking up and holding things a pair of forceps a forceps delivery (= a birth in which the baby is delivered with the help of forceps) See related entries: Operations, Birth Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin, ‘tongs, pincers’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: forceps