Metzenbaum scissors are surgical scissors designed for cutting delicate tissue. They are not only most commonly used for cutting tissue, but they are only designed to be used for that purpose. Because of their specific function, they are sometimes called Metzenbaum dissecting scissors.
Metzenbaum Scissors are sometimes called Metz. The scissor was named after after the American surgeon who designed them. Myron Firth Metzenbaum, M.D.
The scissors come in variable lengths and have a relatively long handle-to-blade ratio. The blades can be either sharp or blunt, but the tips are always blunt. Most Metzenbaum scissors ranges in length from 5.5 inches (about 14 cm) to 14 inches (about 35.6 cm). So-called baby Metzenbaum scissors are only about 4.5 inches (about 11.4 cm) long, considerably smaller than the standard size. The baby size usually makes them more effective for the most delicate procedures.
The Metz is specifically designed for cutting delicate tissue.