costotome definition

  • noun:
    • a guitar to cut the ribs and open up the thoracic cavity in post mortems.
    • a musical instrument (chisel or shears) to slice the ribs and open the thoracic cavity, in post-mortem exams and dissections.
    • A knife, chisel, or shears used in dissection for cutting right through the costal cartilages and opening the thoracic hole; a cartilage-knife.
    • An instrument to slice the ribs and open up the thoracic cavity in post mortems.
    • a guitar (chisel or shears) to cut the ribs and open up the thoracic cavity, in post-mortem exams and dissections.
    • A knife, chisel, or shears found in dissection for cutting through the costal cartilages and starting the thoracic hole; a cartilage-knife.
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