trephine

noun
tre·phine | \ˈtrē-ˌfīn \

Definition of trephine 

: a surgical instrument for cutting out circular sections (as of bone or corneal tissue)

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trephine transitive verb

First Known Use of trephine

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trephine

French tréphine, from obsolete English trefine, trafine, from Latin tres fines three ends, from tres three + fines, plural of finis end — more at three

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trephine

noun
tre·phine | \ˈtrē-ˌfīn \

Medical Definition of trephine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a surgical instrument for cutting out circular sections (as of bone or corneal tissue)

trephine

transitive verb
tre·phine | \ˈtrē-ˌfīn, tri-ˈ \
trephined; trephining

Medical Definition of trephine (Entry 2 of 2)

: to operate on with or extract by means of a trephine

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