noun, plural lap·a·ros·co·pies. Surgery.

examination of the abdominal cavity or performance of minor abdominal surgery using a laparoscope.

Origin of laparoscopy

First recorded in 1850–55; laparo- + -scopy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for laparoscopy

1855, from -scopy + Greek lapara "flank," from laparos "soft," from PIE *lep- "to peel;" + -scopy. Related: Laparoscopic; laparoscope.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

laparoscopy in Medicine




Examination of the interior of the abdomen by a laparoscope.
A surgical procedure using laparoscopy.
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laparoscopy in Science



A slender, tubular endoscope that is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall to examine or perform minor surgery within the abdomen or pelvis.
Related formslaparoscopy noun (lăp′ə-rŏskə-pē)
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