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-tome

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  1. a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words.
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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
  1. indicating an instrument for cuttingosteotome
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Word Origin

from Greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut
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-tome in Medicine

-tome

suff.
  1. Part; area; segment:dermatome.
  2. Cutting instrument:microtome.
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