an instrument that magnifies the cells of the cervix and vagina to permit direct observation and study of the living tissue.

1935–40; < Greek kólp(os) womb, vagina + -o- + -scope

colposcopic [kol-puh-skop-ik] , adjective
colposcopist [kol-pos-kuh-pist] , noun Unabridged
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colposcope (ˈkɒlpəˌskəʊp)
an instrument for examining the uterine cervix, esp for early signs of cancer
[C20: from colpo- + -scope]

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colposcope col·po·scope (kŏl'pə-skōp')
An endoscopic instrument that magnifies the epithelia of the vagina and cervix in vivo to allow direct observation and study of these tissues.

col'po·scop'ic (-skŏp'ĭk) adj.
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colposcope   (kŏl'pə-skōp')  Pronunciation Key 
An instrument used for inspection of epithelial cells of the cervix and vagina.

colposcopy noun (kŏl-pŏs'kə-pē)
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Example sentences
The colposcope will illuminate the cervix using polarized light.
Your health care provider uses a special tool, called a colposcope, to view your cervix from outside the body.
They may use a colposcope to follow-up if there are any abnormal findings.
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