from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An instrument for examining visually the interior of a bodily canal or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A diagnostic instrument designed for obtaining a view of some internal part of the body, especially the bladder, uterus, and stomach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An instrument for examining the interior of the body, consisting of a flexible tube with lenses and optical fibers permitting illumination of the interior site to be inspected, and visualization of the interior site from outside the body; it often has small surgical instruments attached to the end and manipulable from the outside, permitting biopsy or surgery. It is used as a non-invasive or minimally invasive tool for diagnosis or treatment, especially in organs having an external opening such as the rectum, the urethra, and the bladder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun an instrument used to examine a bodily orifice or canal, or a hollow organ

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a long slender medical instrument for examining the interior of a bodily organ or performing minor surgery


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