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[koh-lon-uh-skohp, kuh-]
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noun Medicine/Medical.
  1. a flexible, lighted, tubular instrument using fiber optics to permit visualization of the colon.
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Origin of colonoscope

Also called co·lo·scope [koh-luh-skohp] /ˈkoʊ ləˌskoʊp/.
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British Dictionary definitions for colonoscope


  1. 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
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Derived Formscolonoscopy (ˌkɒlənˈɒskəpɪ), noun

Word Origin

C20: from colon ² + -o- + -scope
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colonoscope in Medicine


(kō-lŏnə-skōp′, kə-)
  1. 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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