Lancet (instrument)
A small pointed knife; a surgical instrument with a short, wide, sharp-pointed, two-edged blade; a little knife with a small point. Lancets are used today to prick the skin (a finger, foot, ear lobe, etc.) to obtain a small quantity of capillary blood for testing. A venerable medical journal published in England is called The Lancet. The word "lancet" comes from the French "lancette." It is literally a miniature version of the lance once carried by knights jousting on horseback and, somewhat more recently, by mounted cavalry.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Lancet — may refer to:*lancet (surgery), a medical instrument, similar to a scalpel but with a double edged blade. *lancet, a needle used in a lancing device. Used by those with diabetes. *lancet, an acutely pointed arch in gothic architecture * Lancet ,… …   Wikipedia

  • Lancet — Lan cet, n. [F. lancette, dim. of lance lance. See {Lance}.] 1. A surgical knife like instrument of various forms, commonly sharp pointed and two edged, used in venesection, and in opening abscesses, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal.) An iron bar… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lancet arch — Lancet Lan cet, n. [F. lancette, dim. of lance lance. See {Lance}.] 1. A surgical knife like instrument of various forms, commonly sharp pointed and two edged, used in venesection, and in opening abscesses, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal.) An iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lancet architecture — Lancet Lan cet, n. [F. lancette, dim. of lance lance. See {Lance}.] 1. A surgical knife like instrument of various forms, commonly sharp pointed and two edged, used in venesection, and in opening abscesses, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metal.) An iron …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lancet — The Lancet  The Lancet {{{nomorigine}}} Pays …   Wikipédia en Français

  • lancet — noun Date: 15th century 1. a sharp pointed and commonly 2 edged surgical instrument used to make small incisions 2. a. lancet window b. lancet arch …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lancet — /lan sit, lahn /, n. 1. a small surgical instrument, usually sharp pointed and two edged, for making small incisions, opening abscesses, etc. 2. Archit. a. a lancet arch. b. a lancet window. [1375 1425; late ME lancette < MF. See LANCE1, ET] * *… …   Universalium

  • lancet — lan•cet [[t]ˈlæn sɪt, ˈlɑn [/t]] n. 1) srg a sharp pointed surgical instrument, usu. with two edges, for making small incisions 2) archit. a) lancet arch b) lancet window • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME lancette < MF. See lance, et …   From formal English to slang

  • lancet — /ˈlænsət / (say lansuht), /ˈlans / (say lahns ) noun 1. a small surgical instrument, usually sharp pointed and two edged, for opening abscesses, etc. 2. Architecture a. a lancet arch. b. a lancet window. {late Middle English lawnset, from Old… …   Australian English dictionary

  • instrument — Synonyms and related words: Bourdon tube, Charlie McCarthy, Danish balance, Federal, Gramophone, Gyropilot, Mach meter, Roman balance, Teletype, Weightometer, X ray machine, absolute altimeter, accelerometer, adapt, aerial reconnaissance camera,… …   Moby Thesaurus

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”