[ koh-lon-uh-skohp, kuh- ]
/ koʊˈlɒn əˌskoʊp, kə- /

noun Medicine/Medical.

a flexible, lighted, tubular instrument using fiber optics to permit visualization of the colon.

Origin of colonoscope

Also called co·lo·scope [koh-luh-skohp] /ˈkoʊ ləˌskoʊp/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for colonoscope

/ (kəˈlɒnəˌskəʊp) /


an instrument for examining the colon, consisting of a flexible lighted tube that is inserted in the colon to look for abnormalities and to remove them or take tissue samples

Derived forms of colonoscope

colonoscopy (ˌkɒlənˈɒskəpɪ), noun

Word Origin for colonoscope

C20: from colon ² + -o- + -scope
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Medicine definitions for colonoscope

[ kō-lŏnə-skōp′, kə- ]


A long flexible endoscope, often equipped with a device for obtaining tissue samples, that is used for visual examination of the colon.coloscope
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