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colposcope Line breaks: col¦po|scope
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlpəskəʊp/

Definition of colposcope in English:


A surgical instrument used to examine the vagina and the cervix of the womb.
Example sentences
  • Magnification devices, such as a colposcope, allow the clinician to observe small lesions that may not otherwise be readily identified.
  • Colposcopy involves an out-patient visit to a hospital, where a gynaecologist (doctor specialising in the female reproductive system) examines the cervix closely through a binocular microscope called a colposcope.
  • Examination of the labia, vagina and cervix is greatly enhanced with the use of a colposcope.


Pronunciation: /kɒlˈpɒskəpi/
Example sentences
  • Despite these difficulties with lesion identification, researchers have found several characteristic features that can help in locating glandular lesions during colposcopy.
  • Previous studies have recommended more frequent cytologic sampling and prompt referral for colposcopy in HIV-positive women with abnormal cytology.
  • Present guidelines recommend referral for colposcopy after detection of three borderline and two mild abnormalities.


1940s: from Greek kolpos 'womb' + -scope.

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