a combining form meaning “instrument for viewing,” used in the formation of compound words: telescope.
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Origin of -scope
< New Latin -scopium < Greek -skopion, -skopeion, equivalent to skop(eîn) to look at (akin to sképtesthai to look, view carefully; cf. skeptic) + -ion, -eion noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for -scope
n combining form
indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detectingmicroscope; stethoscope
Derived Forms-scopic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -scope
from New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein to look at
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Word Origin and History for -scope
word-forming element indicating "an instrument for seeing," from Late Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein "to look at, examine" (see scope (n.1)).
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Medicine definitions for -scope
An instrument for viewing or observing:bronchoscope.
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