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costa + Ancient Greek [Term?] (to cut)


costotome (plural costotomes)

  1. An instrument to cut the ribs and open the thoracic cavity in post mortems.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.