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 for Forceps
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forceps \For"ceps\, n. [L. forceps, -cipis, from the root of
     formus Hot + capere to take; akin to E. heave. Cf.
     Furnace.]
     1. A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping,
        holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it
        would be inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the
        fingers, especially one for delicate operations, as those
        of watchmakers, surgeons, accoucheurs, dentists, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.) The caudal forceps-shaped appendage of earwigs and
        some other insects. See Earwig.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Dressing forceps. See under Dressing.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  forceps
      n 1: an extractor consisting of a pair of pincers used in
           medical treatment (especially for the delivery of babies)

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