xyster


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xys·ter

 (zĭs′tər)
n.
A surgical instrument for scraping bones.

[Greek xūstēr, scraper, from xūein, to scrape.]

xyster

(ˈzɪstə)
n
(Surgery) 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]
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He had seen the slaughterhouse Inspector lean over his damp pit, sniff, and move on because it smelled like rage and discontent in there, and death hadn't yet flown down with its xyster.