- a small circular saw with a center pin mounted on a strong hollow metal shaft to which is attached a transverse handle: used in surgery to remove circular disks of bone from the skull.
- to operate upon with a trephine.
Origin of trephine
Related Words for trephineauger, punch, implement, bit, gimlet, trephine, trepan, borer, riveter, awl, wimble, corkscrew, jackhammer, dibble, countersink
Examples from the Web for trephine
Historical Examples of trephine
And the use of the trephine, where the affected side can be distinguished.Zoonomia, Vol. II
He had been searching for two hours when he found the trephine.
A trephine is just like a corkscrew, only in place of the screw you have a cup of steel.
From Celsus too we learn that the trephine was driven by a thong.
The Latin term for the trephine, modiolus, has the same meaning.
- a surgical sawlike instrument for removing circular sections of bone, esp from the skull
- (tr) to remove a circular section of bone from (esp the skull)
Word Origin for trephine
- A cylindrical or crown saw for the removal of a disk of bone, especially from the skull, or removal of other firm tissue such as that of the cornea.
- To operate on with a trephine.