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scalpel

Definition:

a thin straight surgical knife used in dissection and surgery

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

scalpels

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum "knife, chisel, tool for scraping or...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Scalpel | lancet | hobby knife

a small and extremely sharp bladed instrument used for surgery, anatomical dissection, and various arts and crafts. Scalpels may be single-use disposable or re-usable. Re-usable scalpels can have attached, resharpenable blades or, more commonly, ... (34 of 3172 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Scalpel

Scalpel (disambiguation)

A scalpel is a surgical instrument used for cutting. It may also mean: Laser scalpel, a scalpel which uses a laser, not a blade, for cutting | SS-24 Scalpel, an intercontinental ballistic missile | SCALPEL, is a laser-guided bomb produced by Lockheed ... (40 of 111 words, 6 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

scalpel | scalpels [plural]

A small straight knife with a very sharp blade used for surgery, dissection and craftwork. (15 of 19 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scalpel

Collins Dictionary:

scalpel

a surgical knife with a short thin blade (8 of 426 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scalpel

Oxford Dictionary:

scalpel

a knife with a small, sharp, sometimes detachable blade, as used by a surgeon (14 of 57 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scalpel

Merriam-Webster:

scalpel

a small straight thin-bladed knife used especially in surgery (9 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scalpel

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scalpel [countable] | scalpels [plural]

a small sharp knife used by a doctor for doing an operation (12 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scalpel

New World Dictionary:

scalpel

a small, light, straight knife with a very sharp blade, used by surgeons and in anatomical dissections (17 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scalpel

American Heritage Dictionary:

scalpel

A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection. (14 of 35 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scalpel

Cambridge Dictionary:

scalpel

a very sharp knife that is used for cutting through skin and flesh during an operation (16 of 21 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scalpel

Random House Dictionary:

scalpel

a small, light, usually straight knife used in surgical and anatomical operations and dissections. (14 of 19 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/scalpel

Encarta Dictionary:

scalpel | scalpels [plural]

a surgical knife with a short, very sharp blade (9 of 31 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727083​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

scalpel

First use: 1742

Origin: Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum "knife, chisel, tool for scraping or cutting", from scalpere "to carve, cut", related to ... (20 of 30 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=scalpel

American Heritage Dictionary:

scalpel

Origin: Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum, knife, from scalpere, to scratch, cut; see skel- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scalpel

New World Dictionary:

scalpel

Origin: Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum, a knife from scalpere, to cut from Indo-European base *skel- derives "scale"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scalpel

Oxford Dictionary:

scalpel

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: French, or from Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalprum "chisel", from scalpere "to scratch"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scalpel

Merriam-Webster:

scalpel

First use: 1742

Origin: Latin scalpellus, scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum chisel, knife, from scalpere to scratch, carve

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scalpel

Collins Dictionary:

scalpel

First use: 18th century

Origin: from Latin scalpellum, from scalper a knife, from scalpere to scrape

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scalpel

Wiktionary:

scalpel | scalpels [plural]

Origin: Latin scalpellum, from scalprum ("knife"), from scalpere ("to cut").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scalpel

Encarta Dictionary:

scalpel | scalpels [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin scalpellum "small cutting tool"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861727083​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

scalpel

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scalpel"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scalpel"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scalpel

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scalpel [countable] | scalpels [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scalpel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scalpel

Macmillan American Dictionary:

scalpel [countable] | scalpels [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scalpel"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/scalpel

Cambridge Dictionary:

scalpel

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "scalpel"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "scalpel"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scalpel

the Free Dictionary:

scalpel

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scalpel"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scalpel"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scalpel" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/scalpel

Google Dictionary:

scalpel | scalpels [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scalpel"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scalpel

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scalpel"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=scalpe​01 word=scalpel

YourDictionary Audio:

scalpel

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scalpel" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scalpel

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