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Thursday word: xyster

xyster (ZIS-tuhr) - n., a surgical instrument for scraping bones.


I don't know what it looks like and I do NOT want to. Just thinking about that definition makes my skin crawl, like the mental equivalent of hearing fingernails on a chalkboard. I don't want to know why a surgeon would WANT to scrape someone's bones while they are still alive. Nope. Nope nope nope. I can tell you the word comes from Greek xūstēr, scraper, from xūein, to scrape. But that's it.

Nope.

---L.

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med_cat
Jul. 6th, 2017 02:41 pm (UTC)
You're funny ;)

Interesting name; I suspect the instrument looks like a curette and scraping might be necessary to clean out infected material, cysts, etc.
prettygoodword
Jul. 7th, 2017 03:14 pm (UTC)
I finally looked it up -- it's actually more like a small rasp on a long handle.

*scrubs brain* *harder*
med_cat
Jul. 7th, 2017 06:35 pm (UTC)
I see ;)

Haha! Here I thought I'd invite you to visit my workplace, if you ever find yourself in the area, but perhaps it'd be better not! ;))
fieryphoenix
Jul. 6th, 2017 05:22 pm (UTC)
My new supervillain name: Mister Xyster
prettygoodword
Jul. 6th, 2017 05:26 pm (UTC)
Heh.
med_cat
Jul. 7th, 2017 06:35 pm (UTC)
There was a "Mister Twister, a businessmen and banker"...:P

(EDIT: and a Duchess Cascara Sagrada...;))

Edited at 2017-07-07 06:36 pm (UTC)
sallymn
Jul. 6th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
It's oddly apt, isn't it? The word itself is a bit of a scrape...

{pauses to shudder at the whole thing}

Edited at 2017-07-06 09:00 pm (UTC)
prettygoodword
Jul. 7th, 2017 03:14 pm (UTC)
*shudders with you*
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