from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small straight knife with a thin sharp blade used in surgery and dissection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small straight knife with a very sharp blade used for surgery, dissection and craftwork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small knife with a thin, keen blade, -- used by surgeons, and in dissecting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin straight surgical knife used in dissection and surgery


Latin scalpellum, diminutive of scalper, scalprum, knife, from scalpere, to scratch, cut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin scalpellum, from scalprum ("knife"), from scalpere ("to cut"). (Wiktionary)



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