From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Scalpel \Scal"pel\ (sk[a^]l"p[e^]l), noun [L. scalpellum, dim. of scalprum a knife, akin to scalpere to cut, carve, scrape: cf. F. scalpel.] (Surg.) A small knife with a thin, keen blade, -- used by surgeons, and in dissecting.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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