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guillotine

 [ge´o-tēn]
a surgical instrument with a sliding blade for excising a tonsil or the uvula.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

guil·lo·tine

(gil'ŏ-tēn, gē'ō-tēn),
An instrument in the shape of a metal ring through which runs a sliding knifeblade, used in excising a tonsil.
[Fr. an instrument for execution by decapitation]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
An instrument of execution invented by Joseph Ignace Guillotin, professor of anatomy of the faculty of medicine of Paris, as a more humane way to end life than the often too slow death by asphyxia of hangings and all-too-common misses of beheadings by axe—which left victims bleeding and battered, but alive.
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guil·lo·tine

(gil'ŏ-tēn)
An instrument in the shape of a metal ring through which runs a sliding knifeblade, used in cutting off an enlarged tonsil.
[Fr. an instrument for execution by decapitation]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

guillotine

A sharp-edged instrument sometimes used in the operation of tonsillectomy.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Guillotin,

Joseph I., French physician, 1738-1814.
guillotine - instrument for decapitation; the term is also applied to some surgical instruments that work in a similar fashion.
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