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This article is about a surgical instrument. For the anatomical structure, see Tenaculum (Anatomical Structure).
A tenaculum is a surgical instrument, usually classified as a type of forceps. It consists of a slender sharp-pointed hook attached to a handle and is used mainly in surgery for seizing and holding parts, such as blood vessels.
- Steadying the cervix and uterus during insertion of an intrauterine device or during a surgical abortion.
- Seizing and holding arteries in various surgical procedures.
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