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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
    To be readily bent
 And my all, like a serpent, can slide.
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  • $\begingroup$ Meh, thought I had it... lost my thought though. Good one $\endgroup$ – Brian Robbins Feb 11 '15 at 17:10
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    $\begingroup$ This is driving me crazy! I will be dreaming of snakes and scalpels tonight. $\endgroup$ – Zach Thacker Feb 12 '15 at 4:41
  • $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ – Zach Thacker Feb 12 '15 at 21:07
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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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protected by Rand al'Thor Mar 18 '18 at 21:29

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