[ en-dos-kuh-pee ]
/ ɛnˈdɒs kə pi /

noun, plural en·dos·co·pies.

an examination by means of an endoscope.

Nearby words

  1. endoscope,
  2. endoscopic,
  3. endoscopic biopsy,
  4. endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography,
  5. endoscopist,
  6. endoskeleton,
  7. endosmosis,
  8. endosome,
  9. endosonoscopy,
  10. endosperm

Origin of endoscopy

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Word Origin and History for endoscopy



1861, from endo- + -oscopy (see -scope).

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Medicine definitions for endoscopy


[ ĕn-dŏskə-pē ]


Examination of the interior of a canal or hollow organ by means of an endoscope.
Related formsen•dosco•pist n.

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Science definitions for endoscopy


[ ĕndə-skōp′ ]

A medical instrument used for visual examination of the interior of a body cavity or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach. It is a rigid or flexible tube fitted with lenses, a fiber-optic light source, and often a probe, forceps, suction device, or other apparatus for examination or retrieval of tissue.
Related formsendoscopy noun (ĕn-dŏskə-pē)

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