American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, narrow surgical knife for minor incisions.
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.
- n. A narrow-bladed surgical knife.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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 French bistouri. Compare Spanish bisturí. (Wiktionary)
- French bistouri, perhaps from Italian dialectal bistori, from bistorino, of Pistoia, from Latin Pistōrium, Pistoia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The first who applied bleeding as speedily as possible to a patient under apoplexy; the first who conceived the idea of plunging a bistoury into the bladder to extract the stone from it, and of closing up the wound; the first who found out the method of stopping gangrene in any part of the human frame, were undoubtedly men almost divine, and totally unlike the physicians of”
“In distension of the superficial bursa, after clipping the hair over a liberal area and preparing the skin by thoroughly cleansing and painting with tincture of iodin, the capsule is incised with a bistoury.”
“Perhaps the most heroic consists in opening the joint capsule with a bistoury or with the actual cautery.”
“Then with a hidden bistoury or a knife concealed in”
“If you see him very savagely cut up in "The Revolver," you will recognize the kindly hands which held the bistoury, scalpel, and tenaculum, and the gentleman who wept while he wounded.”
“A probe-pointed bistoury is now to be slid along the director, and with its edge turned upwards and inwards, according to the seat of stricture, the following mentioned parts are to be divided -- viz., the falciform process, 6; the inner wall of the canal, which is continuous with the fascia propria, 9;”
“The bistoury is next to be carried backwards through the stricture till it enters that part of the urethra (usually dilated in such cases) which intervenes between the seat of obstruction and the neck of the bladder.”
“Whilst operating for the reduction of inguinal hernia by the "taxis" or the bistoury, who is there that feels anxiety concerning the origin or the distinctiveness of the "spermatic fascia?”
“Relating to bile, the bile ducts, or the gallbladder; transporting bile. bistoury”
“Lancet, probe, trocar, bistoury, tourniquet," -- mentioning the collection, while he passed his fingers affectionately along the small sharp knives.”
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