Share this entry

Share this page

laparoscopy

Syllabification: lap·a·ros·co·py
Pronunciation: /ˌlapəˈräskəpē
 
/

Definition of laparoscopy in English:

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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

laparoscope

1
Pronunciation: /ˈlap(ə)rəˌskōp/
noun
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?

laparoscopic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌlap(ə)rəˈskäpik/
adjective
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.

laparoscopically

3
adverb
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.

Definition of laparoscopy in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…