Part of speech: noun

A small pointed knife used in dissections and in surgery.

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Usage examples "scalpel":

  1. The philosopher could not help asserting that the nature of the soul could be disclosed neither by the scalpel nor the microscope; yet the discoveries of the naturalist, which had led to the perception of the relation existing between the psychical and material life seemed to give the most honest, among whom Carl Vogt held the first rank; a right to uphold their dogmas. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. The lungs were not examined, as the deceased had only a small scalpel with him. - "On the cattle plague: or, Contagious typhus in horned cattle. Its history, origin, description, and treatment", Honoré Bourguignon.
  3. All such should be removed by a free use of the scalpel, and a suitable dressing afterwards applied. - "Diseases of the Horse's Foot", Harry Caulton Reeks.