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[ahr-thruh-skohp] /ˈɑr θrəˌskoʊp/
a tubelike instrument utilizing fiber optics to examine and treat the inside of a joint.
Origin of arthroscope Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for arthroscope


a tubular instrument that is inserted into the capsule of a joint to examine the joint, extract tissue, etc
Derived Forms
arthroscopic, adjective
arthroscopy (ɑːˈθrɒskəpɪ) noun
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arthroscope in Culture
arthroscope [(ahr-thruh-skohp)]

A surgical instrument that uses fiber optics to allow physicians to see and perform surgery inside joints. The surgery involves only the insertion of a small tube into the joint.

Note: Arthroscopic surgery allows rapid recovery, and one often sees it mentioned with regard to injuries of athletes.
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