Definition of rongeur in English:

rongeur

noun

  • Any of various types of surgical forceps having a biting action, typically used to remove small pieces of bone. Also "rongeur forceps".

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in New York Journal Medicine. From French rongeur (noun) person who gnaws, rodent, (adjective) gnawing, corrosive from ronger to gnaw + -eur.

Pronunciation

rongeur

/rɒ̃ˈʒəː/