Origin of colposcope

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


  1. an instrument for examining the uterine cervix, esp for early signs of cancer
Derived Formscolposcopy (kɒlpəˈskəʊpɪ), noun

Word Origin for colposcope

C20: from colpo- + -scope
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colposcope in Medicine


  1. An endoscopic instrument that magnifies the epithelia of the vagina and cervix in vivo to allow direct observation and study of these tissues.
Related formscol′po•scopic (-skŏpĭk) adj.
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