for·ceps (fôrsəps, -sĕps)
n. pl. forceps
1. An instrument resembling a pair of pincers or tongs, used for grasping, manipulating, or extracting, especially such an instrument used by a surgeon.
2. A pincerlike pair of movable appendages at the posterior end of the abdomen in certain insects, such as earwigs.
[Latin, fire tongs, pincers; see gwher- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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