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- n. (in amputation) passing the knife from side to side through tissue close to the bone and dividing muscles outward
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of transfixing, or the state of being transfixed, or pierced.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of transfixing, or piercing through; the act of piercing and thus fastening.
- n. The state of being transfixed or pierced.
- n. In surgery, a method of amputating by piercing the limb transversely with the knife and cutting from within outward.
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This time I think I have nailed it, though what It is, and whether it is improved by transfixion with nails, are both matters open to question.
This transfixion lasted as long as the humming and the brilliant starlight.
If ever the human eye had the power of transfixion, that hamster should have been skewered alive.
Therefore even if we were to exclude from the staurosis abolished by Constantine all forms of transfixion by a stauros, we could not, upon the evidence before us, fairly say that what that astute Emperor abolished was what is usually understood by the term crucifixion.
It is also probable that in most of the many cases where we have no clue as to which kind of stauros was used, the cause of the condemned one's death was transfixion by a pointed stauros.
What the Pagans held in utter horror was the awful death caused by transfixion by or affixion to a stauros, whatever its shape; the symbol of the cross was, upon the contrary, an object of veneration among them from time immemorial.
Moreover, even if we could prove that this very common mode of capital punishment was in no case that referred to by the historians who lived in bygone ages, and that death was in each instance caused by affixion to, instead of transfixion by, a stauros, we should still have to prove that each stauros had a cross-bar before we could correctly describe the death caused by it as death by crucifixion.
For instance, the death spoken of, death by the _stauros_, included transfixion by a pointed stauros or stake, as well as affixion to an unpointed stauros or stake; and the latter punishment was not always that referred to.
In a chapter entitled "_De craneo perforato_" he gives us, however, the treatment of wounds of the head produced by the transfixion of that member by an arrow.
Trendelenburg endeavored to improve on this method by adding transfixion with a single strong mattress-needle which was passed in front of the neck of the femur and beneath the great vessels.