[ tohm ]
/ toʊm /
a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.
a volume forming a part of a larger work.
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Origin of tome
1510–20; <French <Latin tomus<Greek tómos slice, piece, roll of paper, book, akin to témnein to cut
Definition for tome (2 of 2)
a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words.
Origin of -tome
combining form representing Greek tomḗ a cutting; tómos a cut, slice; -tomon (neuter), -tomos (masculine) -cutting (adj.)
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British Dictionary definitions for tome (1 of 2)
/ (təʊm) /
a large weighty book
one of the several volumes of a work
Word Origin for tome
C16: from French, from Latin tomus section of larger work, from Greek tomos a slice, from temnein to cut; related to Latin tondēre to shear
British Dictionary definitions for tome (2 of 2)
n combining form
indicating an instrument for cuttingosteotome
Word Origin for -tome
from Greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut
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Medical definitions for tome
Part; area; segment:dermatome.
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