Definition of proctoscope in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräktəˌskōp/


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: /ˌpräktəˈskäpik/
Example sentences
  • No negotiation ‘during any sigmoidoscopic or proctoscopic examination,’ during a digital exam of the prostate, or ‘any time the patient's legs are in a stirrup device.’
  • Evaluation was on the basis of self-reported symptoms and proctoscopic exam.


Pronunciation: /präkˈtäskəpē/
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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Syllabification: proc·to·scope

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