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leu·ko·tome

(lū'kō-tōm),
An instrument for performing leukotomy.

leukotome

/leu·ko·tome/ (loo´ko-tōm) a neurosurgical tool in which a wire loop on one end of a rigid shaft is used to cut tissue.
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The leucotome could reach the frontal lobes by going under the eyelid and pressing against the eyeball.
Moore of the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Psychiatric Hospital had no argument with the transorbital lobotomy, but objected to the leucotome.
Moniz, who would win a Nobel Prize for his invention of lobotomy, used to stride through the hallways of Lisbon's insane asylums looking for patients suitable for the frontal lobe surgery, which Moniz's surgical colleagues performed, first via ether injections, the alcohol essentially burning away the brain, and later with a leucotome, an ice-pick-shaped device with a retractable wire to whisk out gray matter.