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The Merriam Webstar defines Rongeurs as - a heavy-duty forceps for removing small pieces of bone or tough tissue. One of the most important component of a orthopedic surgery, these robust forceps are used for a variety of applications, including chipping, cracking, or cutting away bone and tough tissues such as cartilages. The instrument derives it name from the french word, "rodent", a nod to the fact that Ronguers are also designed to gnaw away at tissue and bone, under the control of a surgeon. Although these instruments generally exhibit a curved, sharp tips which can be used to gouge out bone, their shape and size vary. Most are designed as forceps facilitating a strong grip.