What does the word forceps mean?

Usage examples for forceps

  1. However, the doctor did not lose courage; the arm was still bare; he made a fresh incision and sought with his forceps for the artery, which, fortunately, having been compressed by Benedict, had moved only a few centimetres. – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  2. The obstetrical forceps have been of such great service in diminishing the number of still- born infants that they were once called the child's instrument. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  3. In my uncertainty, I pick up the apparently dead body with the tip of my forceps and lay it on a bed of cool sand. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre