from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Examination of the vaginal and cervical epithelia by means of a colposcope.

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  • n. the examination of the tissues of the vagina and cervix using a colposcope


Greek kolpos, vagina, womb + -scopy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • In addition, a control group of women who were negative on both HPV and Pap were referred to colposcopy.

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  • Of course, cervical exams and Pap smears are not universally done, they're invasive, and when the test comes up abnormal, the woman faces cervical biopsy and possibly an unpleasant procedure called colposcopy to obliterate pre-cancerous growths.

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  • She and her colleagues found that less than 50 percent of women who had a Pap test that detected a low-grade abnormality received appropriate follow-up care within the recommended time period, including either a repeat test or a medical procedure called a colposcopy, which examines a woman's cervix and vagina.

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  • On Friday, I went in, as scheduled, for a colposcopy, which is what’s called for if the Pap smear appears abnormal.

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  • This study was undertaken to determine if the administration of the HPV vaccine reduced the risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), a precursor of cervical cancer; external anogenital and vaginal lesions (or external genital lesions) of any grade severity; Pap test abnormalities; and procedures such as colposcopy and definitive therapy or excision of lesions. - latest science and technology news stories

  • Depending on the results of the Pap smear, some women will require a colposcopy (a test which removes a small piece of tissue from your cervix) to make a more definite diagnosis or to determine the extent of the abnormal cells.

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  • Those who had abnormal cells on the Pap or those who had normal Paps but were positive on HPV were referred for a colposcopy.

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  • In a colposcopy, the doctor uses an instrument that magnifies the cervix and vagina and allows the doctor to identify potentially abnormal areas and biopsy them if necessary.

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  • She can be sent immediately for a colposcopy or told to return for more testing in a year.

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  • In women who had colposcopy, the HPV test was found to be more sensitive than the Pap for detecting the higher-grade lesions.

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