Pronunciation: (fôr'sups, -seps), [key]
—pl. -ceps, -ci•pesPronunciation: (-su-pēz"). [key]
1. an instrument, as pincers or tongs, for seizing and holding objects, as in surgical operations.
2. Anat., Zool.a part or feature resembling a forceps, esp. a pair of appendages at the posterior of certain insects.
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