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During the transfixion care must be taken not to prick the bowel with the needle.

"Transfixion" knives are of service when engaged upon very large animals, and here also come in the post-mortem hooks.

Making the long flap by transfixion, it may be held back by an assistant, and the joint cut into.

This may be made by transfixion at its base, but is better obtained by dissection from without.

In cases of iris bomb where iritis is still present, and in cases of cysts of the iris, transfixion is all that is necessary.

In a fit of jealousy, he attempted to stab her, and Gabrielli was only saved from transfixion by the whalebone of her stays.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "pierce through, impale," from Middle French transfixer, from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix (v.)). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.

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