Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument used as a substitute for the leech. It consists of a cupping-glass, to which a scarificator and an exhausting syringe are attached.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A cupping glass to which are attached a scarificator and an exhausting syringe.
- From the French bdellomètre, from the Ancient Greek βδέλλα (bdella, "leech") + the French -mètre ("-meter"), itself from the Ancient Greek μέτρον (metron, "(something used to) measure"). (Wiktionary)
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