forceps (redirected from thumb forceps)
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a. a surgical instrument in the form of a pair of pincers, used esp in the delivery of babies
b. (as modifier): a forceps baby
2. any part or structure of an organism shaped like a forceps
a medical instrument for seizing and holding tissues and such objects as bandages; they consist of two blades joined by a spring-loaded hinge. Forceps are classified according to their use and according to the shape of their tips; for example, dressing forceps, anatomical forceps, and alligator forceps are distinguished.
A pincerlike instrument for grasping objects.
A pair of curved, hard, movable appendages at the end of the abdomen of certain insects, for example, the earwig.
A device with two blades or limbs opposite each other which is operated by handles or by direct force on the blades; used in surgery to grasp, compress, and hold tissue, a body part, or surgical substances.