Meaning of tenaculum in English:


Pronunciation /tɪˈnakjʊləm/

nounplural noun tenacula/tɪˈnakjʊlə/

  • A sharp hook used by a surgeon for picking up small pieces of tissue such as the ends of arteries.

    ‘He used the tenaculum without patient discomfort and obtained the needed tissue.’
    • ‘The physician should remove the insertion rod, then remove the insertion tube and the tenaculum.’
    • ‘The physician should stabilize the cervix with a tenaculum.’


Late 17th century from Latin, literally ‘holder, holding instrument’, from tenere ‘to hold’.