- an instrument that magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina to permit direct observation and study of the living tissue.
Origin of colposcope
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- an instrument for examining the uterine cervix, esp for early signs of cancer
C20: from colpo- + -scope
- An endoscopic instrument that magnifies the epithelia of the vagina and cervix in vivo to allow direct observation and study of these tissues.
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