forceps (n.) Look up forceps at Dictionary.com
1560s, from Latin forceps "pair of tongs, pincers," apparently literally "something with which to grasp hot things," a compound of formus "hot" (see warm (adj.)) + root of capere "to hold, take," from PIE root *kap- "to grasp" (see capable). Originally a smith's implement. The classical plural is forcipes. Related: Forcipal.