• WordNet 3.6
    • n scalpel a thin straight surgical knife used in dissection and surgery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scalpel skăl"pĕl (Surg) A small knife with a thin, keen blade, -- used by surgeons, and in dissecting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scalpel A small light knife, which may be held like a pen, used in anatomical dissection and in surgical operations, having the back of the blade straight or nearly so, the edge more or less convex, and the point sharp. Such a knife is distinguished from a bistoury. The handle is light and thin, long enough to pass beyond the knuckles when the knife is held iu its usual position, and commonly of bone, ivory, or ebony. A special heavy form of scalpel is called a cartilage-knife.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scalpel skalp′el a small surgical knife for dissecting and operating
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scalpellum, dim. of scalprum, a knife, akin to scalpere, to cut, carve, scrape: cf. F. scalpel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. scalpellum, dim. of scalprum, a knife—scalpĕre, to cut.


In literature:

Before him, Dr. Sanchez sat with crossed legs, cleaning his fingernails with a scalpel.
"Wind" by Charles Louis Fontenay
He showed me a large scalpel from his medical kit.
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
Briefly, he was braced upright against the wall, his left hand high on the stones, the scalpel glittering.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Dissecting knives and scalpels, to be procured at any Surgical instrument maker's, are also very useful for fine work.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
They would dissect the soul with a scalpel, and reduce psychic effects to the medium of pounds and ounces.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Both carry on the forehead two spikes which form a trusty digging-implement and also a scalpel for dissecting.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
At a later period he employed the scalpel throughout.
"Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky" by David W. Yandell
Suddenly he slashed at Hunter with a scalpel.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
A few skillful strokes of the scalpel and he nodded his satisfaction.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
He was gone, and he'd slit every man's throat with a scalpel.
"The Unprotected Species" by Melvin Sturgis

In poetry:

The tenth day, and they give
my mirror back. Who knows
how to drink pain, and live?
I look, and the glass shows
the truth, fine as a hair,
of the scalpel's wounding care.
"The Wound " by Gwen Harwood

In news:

Texas Women's Health Care Dies Under Perry's Scalpel .
After the scalpel , out come the knives for Peyton Manning.
To Cut Deficit, Obama Takes A Scalpel To Health Programs.
When I'm the one wielding the scalpel .
Reduce deficit with scalpel , not machete.
Take a scalpel to state's hospital plans: James Gill.
Forget the machete, or the scalpel : Obama takes a butter knife to the budget.
'Before the Scalpel ': Plastic Surgery.
Dr Jon LaPook reports on what every patient should know about anesthesia with Dr Panchali Dhar, author of "Before the Scalpel .".
Health care reform's cost-cutting scalpel .
American Planners Stick With the Scalpel Instead of the Bludgeon.
Science, not the scalpel, is the real solution for Tommy John injuries.
"Every doctor who learns it switches," says Sheldon Freedman, a Las Vegas urologist who routinely performs five no-scalpel vasectomies a week.
Don't Drop That Scalpel: Nearly Half of Doctors Experiencing ' Burnout '.
Yet their next-generation "Scalpel" platform was still nowhere to be seen.