Definition of colposcope in English:

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colposcope

Pronunciation: /ˈkälpəˌskōp/

noun

A surgical instrument used to examine the vagina and the cervix of the uterus.
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.

Derivatives

colposcopy

Pronunciation: /kälˈpäskəpē/
noun
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.

Origin

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

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