-tome

-tome

a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome ), “segment, somite” (sclerotome ), used in the formation of compound words.
Compare tomo-, -tomous, -tomy.


Origin:
combining form representing Greek tomḗ a cutting; tómos a cut, slice; -tomon (neuter), -tomos (masculine) -cutting (adj.)

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-tome
 
n combining form
indicating an instrument for cutting: osteotome
 
[from Greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut]

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-tome suff.

  1. Part; area; segment: dermatome.

  2. Cutting instrument: microtome.

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