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
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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Medicine definitions for -tome
Part; area; segment:dermatome.
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