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

 

scalpel

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈskælpəl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskælpəl//
 
Medical equipment, Operations
 
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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 Origin mid 18th cent.: from French, or from Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum ‘chisel’, from scalpere ‘to scratch’.
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