Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A surgical instrument for scraping bones.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A surgeons' instrument for scraping bones.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of fishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Surg.) An instrument for scraping bones.

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  • noun A surgical instrument used to scrape bones.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek xūstēr, scraper, from xūein, to scrape.]

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From Ancient Greek ξυστήρ ("xustēr"), from ξύω ("scrape").

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  • Greek; a surgical instrument for scraping bones.

    January 4, 2009