[ kol-puh-skohp ]
/ ˈkɒl pəˌskoʊp /


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

Origin of colposcope

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

Related forms

col·po·scop·ic [kol-puh-skop-ik] /ˌkɒl pəˈskɒp ɪk/, adjectivecol·pos·co·pist [kol-pos-kuh-pist] /kɒlˈpɒs kə pɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for colposcope


/ (ˈkɒlpəˌskəʊp) /


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

Derived Forms

colposcopy (kɒlpəˈskəʊpɪ), noun

Word Origin for colposcope

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


[ kŏlpə-skōp′ ]


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

Related forms

col′po•scopic (-skŏpĭk) adj.
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