- a surgical instrument for scraping bones.
Origin of xyster
< New Latin < Greek xystḗr scraping tool, equivalent to xys- (stem of xýein to scrape) + -tēr instrumental noun suffix
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- a surgical instrument for scraping bone; surgical rasp or file
C17: via New Latin from Greek: tool for scraping, from xuein to scrape, make smooth
Word Origin and History for xyster
"surgical instrument for scraping bones," 1680s, from Greek xyster, from xyein "to scrape," from PIE root *kes- (1) "to scrape."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A surgical instrument for scraping bones.
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