Origin of tome
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Origin of -tome
WORDS THAT USE -TOME
What does -tome mean?
The combining form -tome is used like a suffix to mean “cutting instrument” as well as a “segment, somite.” A somite is a scientific term designating body segments in animals like worms or segments of a developing embryo.
The Greek root tómos, which can also mean “piece, roll of paper, or book,” is also the source of the word tome. Crack open the history of tome at our entry for the word. Also related to tómos is atom. What’s the big idea behind atoms and cutting? Find out in our Origin section for this term.
Examples of -tome
A medical term that features the combining form -tome is osteotome, a surgical tool used for cutting or dividing bone.
The first part of the word, osteo-, means “bone.” The form -tome denotes “cutting instrument,” as we’ve learned. Osteotome, then, literally translates to “bone-cutting instrument.” Eek!
What are some words that use the combining form -tome?
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How to use tome in a sentence
When I see Oliona back at her flat she brings out a tome of Pushkin.
The 468-page tome purports to be a definitive account of the comedian's life and career.Hannibal Buress Says Bill Cosby Is a Rapist: A History of Sexual Assault Allegations|Amy Zimmerman|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had some help, too—the entire cast and crew of The Princess Bride contributed cherished memories to the tome.Cary Elwes, aka Westley, Shares Inconceivable Tales From the Making of ‘The Princess Bride’|Marlow Stern|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
David Foster Wallace even named a chapter in his tome Brief Interviews with Hideous Men “Signifying Nothing.”James Franco and Scott Haze on 'The Sound and the Fury' and Gawker 'Outing' Them As A 'Couple'|Marlow Stern|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Franco optioned the tome back in March 2011, and will star and direct the flick.James Franco Shot His New Movie at the Venice Film Festival and I Was in It|Marlow Stern|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They presented to the amused officer an enormous MS. tome of Church services!The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
It was translated into Latin by Theodorus Schrivelius, and printed in the third tome of his theological works.The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius|Jean Lvesque de Burigny
When they rested in a tree on the other shore, Chow Soo Tome crept from under the wing and climbed down the tree.
The ape pitied him and sought to aid him, and what food he had or found he shared with Chow Soo Tome gladly.
Through forest, over mountains and across plains toiled Chow Soo Tome patiently.