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



BrE BrE//ˈskælpəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskælpəl//
Medical equipment, Operations
jump to other results
a small sharp knife used by doctors in medical operations The surgeon made the first incision with a wide-bladed scalpel. Wordfinderamputate, anaesthetic, graft, operation, procedure, scalpel, scrubs, stitch, surgery, transplant See related entries: Medical equipment, Operations Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French, or from Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum ‘chisel’, from scalpere ‘to scratch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scalpel