noun Etymology: Greek kolpos hollow, bosom, vagina, womb + English -scope — more at gulf Date: 1937 a magnifying instrument designed to facilitate visual inspection of the vagina and cervix • colposcopy noun

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  • colposcope — [käl′pə skōp΄] n. a magnifying instrument used in a medical examination of the vagina and cervix, esp. for detecting cancer colposcopic [käl΄pə skäp′ic] adj. colposcopy [käl päs′kə pē] n …   English World dictionary

  • colposcope — colposcopie [ kɔlposkɔpi ] n. f. • v. 1970; du gr. kolpos « vagin » et scopie ♦ Méd. Examen du col de l utérus avec un appareil comportant une source lumineuse et un système optique grossissant (colposcopen. m.). ● colposcope nom masculin Loupe… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • colposcope — colposcopic /kol peuh skop ik/, adj. colposcopist /kol pos keuh pist/, n. /kol peuh skohp /, n. an instrument that magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina to permit direct observation and study of the living tissue. [1935 40; < Gk kólp(os)… …   Universalium

  • colposcope — noun /ˈkɒlpəskəʊp/ a form of endoscope used to examine the tissues of the vagina and cervix See Also: colposcopy …   Wiktionary

  • Colposcope — A lighted magnifying instrument used by a gynecologist to examine the tissues of the vagina and the cervix. The procedure is called colposcopy. * * * Endoscopic instrument that magnifies cells of the vagina and cervix in vivo to allow direct… …   Medical dictionary

  • colposcope — instrument for viewing the neck of the uterus Scientific Instruments …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • colposcope — n. (Medicine) instrument equipped with a magnifying lens used to examine cells of the cervix and vagina; (formerly) speculum, instrument used to enlarge the vaginal passage for examination; vaginoplasty, plastic surgery of the vagina …   English contemporary dictionary

  • colposcope — [ kɒlpəskəʊp] noun a surgical instrument used to examine the vagina and the cervix of the womb. Derivatives colposcopy kɒl pɒskəpi noun Origin 1940s: from Gk kolpos womb + scope …   English new terms dictionary

  • colposcope — col·po·scope …   English syllables

  • colposcope — col•po•scope [[t]ˈkɒl pəˌskoʊp[/t]] n. med a magnifying instrument used for examining the vagina and cervix, esp. to detect cancer cells • Etymology: 1935–40; < Gk kólp(os) womb, vagina + o + scope col po•scop′ic ˈskɒp ɪk adj. col•pos′co•py… …   From formal English to slang

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