from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long-handled, slender, hooked instrument for lifting and holding parts, such as blood vessels, during surgery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A medical instrument consisting of a sharp hook attached to a handle; used mainly for taking up arteries and the like.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An instrument consisting of a fine, sharp hook attached to a handle, and used mainly for taking up arteries, and the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sharp hook, set in a handle, used for picking up arteries in surgical operations, and in dissections.
- n. In entomology, the pair of microscopic chitinous processes on the under side of the abdomen of podurans or springtails, serving as a catch to hold the elater or springing-organ in place.
Late Latin tenāculum, holder, from Latin tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)