from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In medicine, a probe.
  • noun A lens; an eye-glass.

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

  • noun (Med.) See stylet, 2.


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  • The populace would watch the man put on his "specillum," and the idea was everywhere abroad that the magic glasses gave an ability to read; and that anybody who was inspired by angels, or devils, who could get hold of spectacles, could at once read from a book.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12 Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Scientists

  • I recommend seven or eight small pieces of iron to be prepared, a fathom in size, in thickness like a thick specillum, and bent at the extremity, and a broad piece should be on the extremity, like a small obolus.

    On Hemorrhoids

  • But if you have not charge of the treatment from the first, but undertake it from another after a time, you must saw the bone at once down to the meninx with a serrated trepan, and in doing so must frequently take out the trepan and examine with a sound (specillum), and otherwise along the tract of the instrument.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • When you have removed the blood, you must not press hard upon the part with the specillum, lest you produce contusion.

    On Ulcers

  • Celsus is realized, as, for instance, in the specillum, or probe, which is concave on one side and flat on the other; the scalper excisorius, in the shape of a lancet-point on one side and of a mallet on the other; a hook and forceps, used in obstetrical practice.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • a director (specillum) if possible, at the proper time, so as to admit a free discharge of the matter, and then the proper treatment is to be applied as may be needed.

    On Ulcers


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