tome

[ tohm ]
/ toʊm /

noun

a book, especially a very heavy, large, or learned book.
a volume forming a part of a larger work.

Origin of tome

1510–20; < French < Latin tomus < Greek tómos slice, piece, roll of paper, book, akin to témnein to cut

Definition for tome (2 of 2)

-tome


a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome; osteotome), “segment, somite” (sclerotome), used in the formation of compound words.
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 (1 of 2)

tome

/ (təʊm) /

noun

a large weighty book
one of the several volumes of a work

Word Origin for tome

C16: from French, from Latin tomus section of larger work, from Greek tomos a slice, from temnein to cut; related to Latin tondēre to shear

British Dictionary definitions for tome (2 of 2)

-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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