[rohn-zhur; French rawn-zhœr]

noun, plural ron·geurs [rohn-zhurz; French rawn-zhœr] /roʊnˈʒɜrz; French rɔ̃ˈʒœr/. Surgery.

a strongly constructed instrument with a sharp-edged, scoop-shaped tip, used for gouging out bone.

Origin of rongeur

1880–85; < French: literally, gnawer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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rongeur in Medicine


[rôn-zhœr, rôɴ-]


A heavy-duty forceps for removing small pieces of bone.
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