Definition of bistoury in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbistərē/

noun (plural bistouries)

A surgical knife with a long, narrow, straight or curved blade.
Example sentences
  • Everything was recorded: Félix cut twice with the bistoury and eight times with scissors.
  • The instruments which he originally used were more often the bistoury or scalpel, although the clarinet was not absent in his life.
  • The cutting blade 1 of the bistoury and the mechanism for fitting it in the handle are known and therefore they are not described herein.


Mid 18th century: from French bistouri, originally bistorie 'dagger', of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: bis·tou·ry

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