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1. Part; area; segment: dermatome.
2. Cutting instrument: microtome.
[New Latin -tomus, from Greek -tomos, a cutting, from tomos; see tome.]
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n combining form
indicating an instrument for cutting: osteotome.
[from Greek tomē a cutting, tomos a slice, from temnein to cut]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a book, esp. a very heavy, large, or learned book.
2. a volume forming a part of a larger work.
[1510–20; < French < Latin tomus < Greek tómos slice, piece, papyrus roll, derivative of témnein to cut]
a combining form with the meanings “cutting instrument” (microtome), “segment, somite” (dermatome).
[< Greek -tomos -cutting]
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