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bistoury

[bis-tuh-ree] /ˈbɪs tə ri/
noun, plural bistouries.
1.
a long, narrow surgical knife.
Origin of bistoury
1745-1750
1745-50; < French bistouri, Middle French bistorin < Upper Italian bistorino, for Italian pistorino pertaining to Pistoia, a city famous for its cutlery
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  • In the second place, I do not propose to open the chest with the bistoury.

  • Once, as she passed him a bistoury, he deliberately placed his fine hand over her fingers and smiled into her eyes.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The mere thought of surgical instruments, a bistoury or a lance, makes me dizzy.

    The Companions of Jehu Alexandre Dumas, pre
  • Thenceforward the world was an oyster, to be opened with scalpel and with bistoury by Owen Saxham.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • bistoury, forceps and tubes suitable for performing tracheotomy.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The cardinal had his perineum opened by La Peyronie's bistoury; but he might have confessed and communicated before the operation.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • This done, a clean incision is made with the bistoury or the scalpel in the direction of the vessels.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • This should be picked up with the forceps, and a further incision made with the bistoury.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot Harry Caulton Reeks
  • Perhaps the most heroic consists in opening the joint capsule with a bistoury or with the actual cautery.

    Lameness of the Horse

    John Victor Lacroix
  • In both cases the outer integument was incised with a scalpel and the deeper layer punctured with the bistoury.

British Dictionary definitions for bistoury

bistoury

/ˈbɪstərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a long surgical knife with a narrow blade
Word Origin
C15: from Old French bistorie dagger, of unknown origin
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bistoury in Medicine

bistoury bis·tou·ry (bĭs'tə-rē)
n.
A long, narrow-bladed knife used for opening abscesses or for slitting sinuses and fistulas.

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