colposcope

[ kol-puh-skohp ]
/ ˈkɒl pəˌskoʊp /

noun

an instrument that magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina to permit direct observation and study of the living tissue.

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Origin of colposcope

1935–40; <Greek kólp(os) womb, vagina + -o- + -scope

OTHER WORDS FROM colposcope

col·po·scop·ic [kol-puh-skop-ik], /ˌkɒl pəˈskɒp ɪk/, adjectivecol·pos·co·pist [kol-pos-kuh-pist], /kɒlˈpɒs kə pɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for colposcope

colposcope
/ (ˈkɒlpəˌskəʊp) /

noun

an instrument for examining the uterine cervix, esp for early signs of cancer

Derived forms of colposcope

colposcopy (kɒlpəˈskəʊpɪ), noun

Word Origin for colposcope

C20: from colpo- + -scope
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Medical definitions for colposcope

colposcope
[ kŏlpə-skōp′ ]

n.

An endoscopic instrument that magnifies the epithelia of the vagina and cervix in vivo to allow direct observation and study of these tissues.

Other words from colposcope

col′po•scopic (-skŏpĭk) adj.
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