tome

[tohm]
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Origin of tome

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

-tome

  1. 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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Historical Examples of tome

  • But presently he will chance upon some tome whose appeal is irresistible.

  • When the boys came in, the little girl said, shyly, "Tome and tell me about the nets."

    A Sailor's Lass

    Emma Leslie

  • Hystoriale: But this tyme is so tore (inconvenient), and we no tome have .

    The Bruce

    John Barbour

  • Beausobre in his History of Manicheanism, tome 2, book 4, chap.

  • Here, as you see me now, in tropical but dripping diffidence, I am the author of that tome.

    Kilo

    Ellis Parker Butler


British Dictionary definitions for tome

tome

noun
  1. a large weighty book
  2. 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

-tome

n combining form
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for tome
n.

1510s, from Middle French tome, from Latin tomus "section of a book, tome," from Greek tomos "volume, section of a book," originally "section, piece cut off," from temnein "to cut," from PIE *tom-/*tem- "to cut" (cf. second element in Latin aestimare "to value, appraise," Old Church Slavonic tina "to cleave, split," Middle Irish tamnaim "I cut off," Welsh tam "morsel"). Originally "a single volume of a multi-volume work;" sense of "a large book" is attested from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tome in Medicine

-tome

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