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

  • n. An instrument for examining the interior of the ear, especially the eardrum, consisting essentially of a magnifying lens and a light.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instrument used for examining the eardrum and interior of the outer ear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument for examining the condition of the ear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ear-speculum. See speculum.

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

  • n. medical instrument consisting of a magnifying lens and light; used for examining the external ear (the auditory meatus and especially the tympanic membrane)


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  • Upon seeing the beast magnified and lit up with his otoscope, he was so shocked that he jumped back, tripped on a chair, and ended up on the floor.

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  • As I looked at the ruptured eardrum with my otoscope, I was blasted by a shouting voice less than an inch away from my face.

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  • As you let the doctor insert the otoscope in your ear or examine your vertebrae, you might reflect on how odd this is, the fact that we need an extra pair of eyes to be able to see ourselves.


  • Also a no-brainer was for every member of the graduating class buying one of those black doctor bags, stuffed with tuning fork (to test hearing) and stethoscope for house calls (I've made them, but only with a stethoscope and otoscope to check for ear infections.)

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  • A dirty white coat or an otoscope with the previous patient's earwax on it might raise suspicions that all is not well and invite a few inquiries on your part.

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  • Then the next morning she said her ear hurt and I looked in it we have an otoscope at home for this very reason and her eardrum was like a lighthouse beacon.

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  • I began to wonder if I should just get my own otoscope, instead of hauling him to the doctor's office every other day.


  • It was a cockroach, but before I could fetch the resident, the thing WALKED INTO the otoscope spec.

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