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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:

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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
  3. ^ Johnson, Lee; Johnson, Isaiah (May 2015). "Allis Compared With Tenaculum for Stabilization of the Cervix During IUD Placement: A Randomized Controlled Trial". Obstetrics & Gynecology. doi:10.1097/01.AOG.0000463550.01588.fd.[1]