trepanation

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English[edit]

Iron Age skull with hole produced by trepanation.

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From New Latin trepanatio, formed from French trépan (a drill), itself from Latin trepanum, ultimately from Ancient Greek τρύπανον (trúpanon, an auger, a drill).

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trepanation (countable and uncountable, plural trepanations)

  1. The practice of drilling a hole in the skull as a physical, mental, or spiritual treatment.

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