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

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

Nearby words

  1. laparectomy,
  2. laparo-,
  3. laparocele,
  4. laparorrhaphy,
  5. laparoscope,
  6. laparotome,
  7. laparotomize,
  8. laparotomy,
  9. laparotomy pad,
  10. lapboard

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

Medicine definitions for laparoscopy




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

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Science definitions for laparoscopy



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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