from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long, narrow surgical knife for minor incisions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A narrow-bladed surgical knife.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A surgical instrument consisting of a slender knife, either straight or curved, generally used by introducing it beneath the part to be divided, and cutting towards the surface.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small, narrow surgical knife, with a straight, convex, or concave edge, and a sharp or blunt point, used for making incisions and for other purposes.
French bistouri, perhaps from Italian dialectal bistori, from bistorino, of Pistoia, from Latin Pistōrium, Pistoia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bistouri. Compare Spanish bisturí. (Wiktionary)