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[pa-rey] /paˈreɪ/
[ahn-brwaz] /ɑ̃ˈbrwaz/ (Show IPA),
1510–90, French surgeon. Unabridged
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  • ambroise pare, standing in a corner, caught a glance which the duke cast upon him, and immediately advanced.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
  • It was nine o'clock in the evening and the company were awaiting ambroise pare.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
  • In the 1540s, ambroise pare from France, a barber-surgeon who was the son of a servant, was an army surgeon.

  • The famous ambroise pare had amputated the two broken fingers, and had dealt with the wound in the arm.

  • No sooner was he in the open street than Ruggiero took his arm and asked by what means ambroise pare proposed to save the king.

    Catherine de' Medici Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for ambroise pare


verb (transitive)
to peel or cut (the outer layer) from (something)
to cut the edges from (the nails); trim
to decrease bit by bit
Derived Forms
parer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin parāre to make ready


/French pare/
Ambroise (ɑ̃brwaz). 1510–90, French surgeon. He reintroduced ligature of arteries following amputation instead of cauterization
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Word Origin and History for ambroise pare



"to trim by cutting close," c.1300, from Old French parer "arrange, prepare; trim, adorn," and directly from Latin parare "make ready, furnish, provide, arrange, order," related to parere "produce, bring forth, give birth to," from PIE root *pere- "produce, procure, bring forward, bring forth," and derived words in diverse senses (cf. Lithuanian pariu "to brood," Greek poris "calf, bull," Old High German farro, German Farre "bullock," Old English fearr "bull," Sanskrit prthukah "child, calf, young of an animal," Czech spratek "brat, urchin, premature calf"). Generalized meaning "to reduce something little by little" is from 1520s. Related: Pared; paring.

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ambroise pare in Medicine

Paré Pa·ré (pä-rā'), Ambroise. 1517?-1590.

French surgeon who made numerous improvements to operating methods, including the ligature of arteries rather than cauterization.

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