from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A plural of speculum.
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- n. Plural form of speculum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of speculum.
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The word "speculator" comes from the Latin word "specula" (watchtower) and indicates someone who tries to "look far away" and thus metaphorically "look ahead", in other words to foresee future events.
Disposable, single-use medical instruments such as specula or containers, reusable surgical instruments such as surgical scissors, surgical blades, tissue forceps, dilators and curettes, as well as instrument stands, trays and many other medical accessories are extensively used in all medical facilities from various medical fields, rendering such equipment indispensable for medical practice.
Topics we read that science “is indeed called specula - tive, practical, and poetic, the differences depending on how each is related respectively to the theory, the production, and the action of something” (Topics VI,
Jon-Tom glanced specula-lively at the silent ring of thin trees that looked down on the little clearing.
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That means long narrow Pederson specula for postmenopausal ladies and large Graves specula for the more ample women, along with standard sizes of both for most patients.
The doctor inserts the specula, sits down on his little stool for a good look, and asks, "So, what do you see for me?"
Tongue depressers, specula, and otoscopes are run of the mill stuff.
 Hostius quidam specula fecit, et ita disposuit, ut quum virum ipse pateretur, aversus omnes admissarii motus in speculo videret, ac deinde falsa magnitudine ipsius membri tanquam vera gauderet, simul virum et foeminam passus, quod dictu foedum et abominandum.