-tome


a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words.

Nearby words

  1. -thymia,
  2. -tic,
  3. -tion,
  4. -tious,
  5. -to-be,
  6. -tomous,
  7. -tomy,
  8. -ton,
  9. -tonia,
  10. -tonic

Compare tomo-, -tomous, -tomy.

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

-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

-tome

suff.

Part; area; segment:dermatome.
Cutting instrument:microtome.

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