Origin of fetoscope

First recorded in 1970–75; fet(us) + -o- + -scope
Related formsfe·to·scop·ic [fee-tuh-skop-ik] /ˌfi təˈskɒp ɪk/, adjectivefe·tos·co·pist [fee-tos-kuh-pist] /ˌfiˈtɒs kə pɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fetoscope


  1. a fibreoptic instrument that can be passed through the abdomen of a pregnant woman to enable examination of the fetus and withdrawal of blood for sampling in prenatal diagnosis
Derived Formsfetoscopy (fiːˈtɒskəpɪ), noun
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fetoscope in Medicine


  1. A flexible fiber-optic device used to view a fetus in utero.
  2. A type of stethoscope designed for listening to the fetal heartbeat.
Related formsfe•tosco•py (fē-tŏskə-pē) n.
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