American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Medicine A surgical knife with a short, wide, pointed double-edged blade, used especially for making punctures and small incisions. Also called lance.
- n. Architecture A lancet arch.
- n. Architecture A lancet window.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small lance or javelin.
- n. A small surgical instrument, sharp-pointed and generally two-edged, used in bloodletting and in opening tumors, abscesses, etc. Lancets are known as gum-lancets, vaccinating-lancets, etc., according to their use, and their shapes are various. Ordinary lancets are fixed in a handle somewhat like that of a razor, sometimes three together on a single pin, opening in either direction.
- n. In arch., a lancet-window; an arch of lancet shape.
- n. In entomology, one of the lower pair of piercing organs in the dipterous mouth; the scalpella: supposed by Kirby and Spence to represent the maxillæ of the haustellate mouth.
- n. A sharp, pointed, two-edged surgical instrument used in venisection and for opening abscesses etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A surgical knife-like instrument of various forms, commonly sharp-pointed and two-edged, used in venesection, and in opening abscesses, etc.
- n. (Metal.) An iron bar used for tapping a melting furnace.
- n. an acutely pointed Gothic arch, like a lance
- n. a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions
- From Old French lancete diminutive of lance. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of lance, lance; see lance. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The barber carried a piece of rusty hoop instead of a razor, and a pot of grease for lather, while the doctor, with a huge pill box and a knife, which he called his lancet, stood by to prescribe the treatment each patient was to receive.”
“-- It is the pocket-knife, not the lancet, that is oftener called into requisition.”
“Then how does the Philanthus, in her long contact with the butchered Bee, manage to protect herself against that lancet, which is bent upon avenging the murder?”
“The lancet was the magician's wand of the dark ages of medicine.”
“The lancet is a weapon which annually slays more than the sword," says Dr. Tully.”
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“The lancet is the preferable instrument in the performance of this operation.”
“The lancet is the anchor of hope in this disease; which must be repeated four or five times, or as often as the fever and difficulty of breathing increase, which is generally in the evening; antimonials, diluents, repeated small blisters about the chest, mucilage, pediluvium, warm bath.”
“Blood sugar testing is usually done with a special needle called a lancet and an electronic glucose monitor.”
“The illustration shows the 'lancet' of _nepa_, the water-bug.”
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