Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The operation of making, with a trepan, an opening in the skull for relieving the brain from compression or irritation.
  • noun The method of making trepanned brushes (which see, under trepan, verb).

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  • verb Present participle of trepan.

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Examples

  • This occasioned his going through the operation called trepanning, which is performed by an engine like a coffee-mill, which being fixed on the bruised part of the bone, is turned round, and cuts out all the black till the edges appear white and sound.

    Lives of the Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences

  • This occasioned his going through the operation called trepanning, which is performed by an engine like a coffee-mill, which being fixed on the bruised part of the bone, is turned round, and cuts out all the black till the edges appear white and sound.

    Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed

  • Known as trepanning, it was an ancient procedure and a desperate one.

    The Trojan War

  • Known as trepanning, it was an ancient procedure and a desperate one.

    The Trojan War

  • I made the diagnosis that a splinter of bone was pressing upon the brain, and that the surgical operation known as trepanning was required.

    Cabbages and Kings

  • I made the diagnosis that a splinter of bone was pressing upon the brain, and that the surgical operation known as trepanning was required.

    Cabbages and Kings

  • This is known as trepanning and was used up till the middle ages for headache treatment, now only used in a more advanced way to treat epidural and subdural hematomas or other intracranial disease.

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  • The trade of "trepanning" the unfortunates and transporting them and selling their term of service was not by several degrees as bad as the African slave-trade; but it was of the same sort, and the deadly horrors of its "middle passage" were hardly less.

    A History of American Christianity

  • But I wasn't sure quite what to make of it as I glanced up at a recent episode of the Beeb's children's show, Horrible Histories, with the sound off, only to glimpse a cuddly, laughing puppet rat appear at the bottom of the screen to spell out the word "trepanning".

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  • We can achieve that remarkable feat of thought transference without the pain, drilling, and bloodshed of trepanning.

    SuperCooperators

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  • "Thad had neither believed nor disbelieved this when reading it; it seemed as foreign to his own life as the worship of pagan idols or the practice of trepanning to relieve headaches. Now it seemed to have its own deadly logic."

    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007