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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.[1]

Uses include:

  • Steadying the cervix and uterus during insertion of an intrauterine device or during a surgical abortion.[2]
  • Seizing and holding arteries[1] in various surgical procedures.

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  1. ^ a b Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary > tenaculum Retrieved August 2010
  2. ^ Birth Control Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) Author: Omnia M Samra. Last Editorial Review: 5/18/2006