- 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
Word Origin for xyster
C17: via New Latin from Greek: tool for scraping, from xuein to scrape, make smooth
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"surgical instrument for scraping bones," 1680s, from Greek xyster, from xyein "to scrape," from PIE root *kes- (1) "to scrape."
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- A surgical instrument for scraping bones.
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