# When the scalpel is applied

What word is hidden in the following Limerick?

 See my first when the scalpel's applied
In my final, a pronoun is spied
My middle is meant
And my all, like a serpent, can slide.

• Meh, thought I had it... lost my thought though. Good one – Brian Robbins Feb 11 '15 at 17:10
• This is driving me crazy! I will be dreaming of snakes and scalpels tonight. – Zach Thacker Feb 12 '15 at 4:41
• Can you clarify the meaning of the last line? Is it "like a serpent can slide" describing how a serpent slides, or is it "can slide like a serpent" describing an object which moves like a serpent? – Zach Thacker Feb 12 '15 at 21:07

Slither

See my first when the scalpel's applied

Slit made when a cut from the scalpel

In my final, a pronoun is spied

Her, feminine pronoun

My middle is meant to be readily bent

lithe, synonymous with agile

And my all, like a serpent can slide.

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