xyster

xyster

[zis-ter]
noun
a surgical instrument for scraping bones.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin < Greek xystḗr scraping tool, equivalent to xys- (stem of xýein to scrape) + -tēr instrumental noun suffix

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xyster (ˈzɪstə)
 
n
a surgical instrument for scraping bone; surgical rasp or file
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek: tool for scraping, from xuein to scrape, make smooth]

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xyster
"surgical instrument for scraping bones," 1684, from Gk. xyster, from xyein "to scrape," from PIE base *kes- "to scrape."
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xyster xys·ter (zĭs'tər)
n.
A surgical instrument for scraping bones.

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