Definition of laparoscopy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlapəˈräskəpē/

noun (plural laparoscopies)

A surgical procedure in which a fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall to view the organs in the abdomen or to permit a surgical procedure.
Example sentences
  • Another means of detecting pelvic disease that might contribute to infertility is by a surgical procedure called laparoscopy.
  • A blood type and screen also is performed in the event vessels are transected during the laparoscopy or if the laparoscopic procedure fails and a laparotomy becomes necessary.
  • If the findings of imaging are inconclusive, a staging laparoscopy or laparotomy may be done before definitive surgery.



Pronunciation: /ləˈperəˌskōp/
Example sentences
  • Some surgeons, therefore, prefer to use the ultrasonic scalpel, which makes it possible to resect through the laparoscope and avoid a large incision.
  • This may be done with through small cuts in the belly, using a laparoscope (keyhole surgery), but may require an open operation.
  • Who would have thought, a year ago, that a cholecystectomy or hysterectomy would be possible through a laparoscope?


Pronunciation: /ˌlap(ə)rəˈskäpik/
Example sentences
  • The patient was taken to the operating room for laparoscopic evaluation and resection of the mass.
  • We found one RCT comparing laparoscopic cystectomy and laparoscopic drainage in 64 women.
  • In these health centres, no surgical procedures other than laparoscopic tubectomies are performed.


Example sentences
  • Owing to its central location and proximity to the major renal vessels, the mass was resected laparoscopically by complete nephrectomy.
  • Informed consent is obtained during the preoperative interview for a laparoscopic low anterior resection or sigmoid colectomy and possible laparotomy or a laparoscopically assisted right colectomy and possible laparotomy.
  • Patient positioning, instrumentation, and surgical procedures differ for laparoscopic low anterior resection-sigmoid colectomy and laparoscopically assisted right colectomies.


Mid 19th century: from Greek lapara 'flank' + -scopy.

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Syllabification: lap·a·ros·co·py

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