Colposcope
A lighted magnifying instrument used by a gynecologist to examine the tissues of the vagina and the cervix. The procedure is called colposcopy.
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Endoscopic instrument that magnifies cells of the vagina and cervix in vivo to allow direct observation and study of these tissues.

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col·po·scope 'käl-pə-.skōp n a magnifying instrument designed to facilitate visual inspection of the vagina and cervix
col·po·scop·ic .käl-pə-'skäp-ik adj
col·po·scop·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv
col·pos·co·py käl-'päs-kə-pē n, pl -pies

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n.
an instrument that is inserted into the vagina and permits visual examination of the cervix and the upper part of the vagina (vaginal vault). It is used in the diagnosis of premalignant and early malignant (noninvasive) changes in the cervix.
colposcopy n.

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col·po·scope (kolґpo-skōp) [colpo- + -scope] 1. an instrument for examination of the tissues of the vagina and cervix by means of a magnifying lens. Cf. colpomicroscope. 2. vaginoscope.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • colposcope — [käl′pə skōp΄] n. a magnifying instrument used in a medical examination of the vagina and cervix, esp. for detecting cancer colposcopic [käl΄pə skäp′ic] adj. colposcopy [käl päs′kə pē] n …   English World dictionary

  • colposcope — colposcopie [ kɔlposkɔpi ] n. f. • v. 1970; du gr. kolpos « vagin » et scopie ♦ Méd. Examen du col de l utérus avec un appareil comportant une source lumineuse et un système optique grossissant (colposcopen. m.). ● colposcope nom masculin Loupe… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • colposcope — noun Etymology: Greek kolpos hollow, bosom, vagina, womb + English scope more at gulf Date: 1937 a magnifying instrument designed to facilitate visual inspection of the vagina and cervix • colposcopy noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • colposcope — colposcopic /kol peuh skop ik/, adj. colposcopist /kol pos keuh pist/, n. /kol peuh skohp /, n. an instrument that magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina to permit direct observation and study of the living tissue. [1935 40; < Gk kólp(os)… …   Universalium

  • colposcope — noun /ˈkɒlpəskəʊp/ a form of endoscope used to examine the tissues of the vagina and cervix See Also: colposcopy …   Wiktionary

  • colposcope — instrument for viewing the neck of the uterus Scientific Instruments …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • colposcope — n. (Medicine) instrument equipped with a magnifying lens used to examine cells of the cervix and vagina; (formerly) speculum, instrument used to enlarge the vaginal passage for examination; vaginoplasty, plastic surgery of the vagina …   English contemporary dictionary

  • colposcope — [ kɒlpəskəʊp] noun a surgical instrument used to examine the vagina and the cervix of the womb. Derivatives colposcopy kɒl pɒskəpi noun Origin 1940s: from Gk kolpos womb + scope …   English new terms dictionary

  • colposcope — col·po·scope …   English syllables

  • colposcope — col•po•scope [[t]ˈkɒl pəˌskoʊp[/t]] n. med a magnifying instrument used for examining the vagina and cervix, esp. to detect cancer cells • Etymology: 1935–40; < Gk kólp(os) womb, vagina + o + scope col po•scop′ic ˈskɒp ɪk adj. col•pos′co•py… …   From formal English to slang

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