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proctoscope Line breaks: procto|scope
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒktəskəʊp/

Definition of proctoscope in English:


A medical instrument with an integral lamp for examining the anus and lower part of the rectum or carrying out minor medical procedures.
Example sentences
  • To check for leaks, the surgeon at the rectal site inserts a proctoscope into the anus.
  • The doctor either uses a gloved finger or an instrument called a proctoscope to check for abnormalities such as growths on the rectal wall.
  • One of the main investigations is a proctoscopy, where a small telescope known as a proctoscope is passed into the anal canal.


Pronunciation: /prɒkˈtɒskəpi/
Example sentences
  • Before scrubbing, gowning, and gloving, the surgeon usually performs a rectal examination and proctoscopy to suction out any remaining stool in the distal rectum.
  • There are no specific clinical signs on general examination, but inflammation of the rectal mucosa can readily be seen at proctoscopy.
  • As children are more likely to have more extensive disease they will need further investigation involving full colonoscopy anyway, regardless of findings on proctoscopy.


Late 19th century: from Greek prōktos 'anus' + -scope.

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