Costotome

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Costotome An instrument (chisel or shears) to cut the ribs and open the thoracic cavity, in post-mortem examinations and dissections.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n costotome A knife, chisel, or shears used in dissection for cutting through the costal cartilages and opening the thoracic cavity; a cartilage-knife.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Costa, + Gr. to cut