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a cutting instrument used in craniotomy.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


Instrument formerly used for perforation and crushing of the fetal skull.
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A type of surgical drill used to operate on the skull. It has a self-controlled system that stops the drill when the bone is penetrated.
Mentioned in: Craniotomy
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Bur holes could not be drilled, as the craniotome was not long enough to penetrate this area of thickened skull.