[ rohn-zhur; French rawn-zhœr ]
/ roʊnˈʒɜr; French rɔ̃ˈʒœr /

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.

Nearby words

  1. rondo,
  2. rondure,
  3. rondônia,
  4. rone,
  5. roneo,
  6. ronggeng,
  7. ronin,
  8. ronion,
  9. ronne ice shelf,
  10. ronnie

Origin of rongeur

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

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Medicine definitions for rongeur


[ rôn-zhœr, rôɴ- ]


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

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