noun, plural col·pos·co·pies.

an examination by means of a colposcope.

Origin of colposcopy

1935–40; < Greek kólp(os) womb, vagina + -o- + -scopy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for colposcopy

1940, from colpo-, Latinized comb. form of Greek kolpos "womb" (used from c.1900 in medical compounds in sense "vagina;" see gulf (n.)) + -oscopy (see -scope).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

colposcopy in Medicine




Coldoscopic examination of the vaginal and cervical epithelia.
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