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