from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A surgeons' rasp; an instrument for scraping or abrading bones in surgical or anatomical operations.

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  • noun A surgeon's rasp.

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  • noun A surgeon's rasp.


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Latin raspatorium: compare French raspatoir. See rasp.


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  • When a bone is broken, or cleft, or contused, or otherwise injured, and when by mistake it has not been discovered, and neither the raspatory nor trepan has been applied as required, but the case has been neglected as if the bone were sound, fever will generally come on if in winter, and in summer the fever usually seizes after seven days.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • And when you scrape the bone with the raspatory, and it appears that the wound in the bone requires the operation, you must not postpone it for three days, but do it during this period, more especially if the weather be hot, and you have had the management of the treatment from commencement.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • And you must again scrape more deeply the fracture where it appears black; and, if you thus remove the fissure, and cause it to disappear, you may conclude that there has been a contusion of the bone to a greater or less extent, which has occasioned the fracture that has disappeared under the raspatory; but it is less dangerous, and a matter of less consequence, when the fissure has been effaced.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • But if you perceive that fever is coming on, and that any of these symptoms accompany it, you must not put off, but having sawed the bone to the membrane (meninx), or scraped it with a raspatory (and it is then easily sawed or scraped), you must apply the other treatment as may seem proper, attention being paid to circumstances.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • a raspatory to a depth and length proportionate to the suture of the patient, and again in a transverse direction, for the sake of the fractures which are not seen, and of the contusions which are not discovered, as not being accompanied with depression of the bone from its natural position.

    On Injuries Of The Head


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  • A form of rasp (scraping or filing instrument) used in surgery.

    February 5, 2008