noun, plural bis·tou·ries.

a long, narrow surgical knife.

Origin of bistoury

1745–50; < French bistouri, Middle French bistorin < Upper Italian bistorino, for Italian pistorino pertaining to Pistoia, a city famous for its cutlery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bistoury

Historical Examples of bistoury

  • In the second place, I do not propose to open the chest with the bistoury.

  • Once, as she passed him a bistoury, he deliberately placed his fine hand over her fingers and smiled into her eyes.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The mere thought of surgical instruments, a bistoury or a lance, makes me dizzy.

    The Companions of Jehu

    Alexandre Dumas, pre

  • Thenceforward the world was an oyster, to be opened with scalpel and with bistoury by Owen Saxham.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • Bistoury, forceps and tubes suitable for performing tracheotomy.

British Dictionary definitions for bistoury


noun plural -ries

a long surgical knife with a narrow blade

Word Origin for bistoury

C15: from Old French bistorie dagger, of unknown origin
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Medicine definitions for bistoury




A long, narrow-bladed knife used for opening abscesses or for slitting sinuses and fistulas.
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