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[en-duh-skohp] /ˈɛn dəˌskoʊp/
noun, Medicine/Medical
a slender, tubular optical instrument used as a viewing system for examining an inner part of the body and, with an attached instrument, for biopsy or surgery.
Origin of endoscope
1860-65; endo- + -scope
Related forms
[en-duh-skop-ik] /ˌɛn dəˈskɒp ɪk/ (Show IPA),
[en-dos-kuh-pist] /ɛnˈdɒs kə pɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for endoscope
  • The firm's engineers are developing a machine that is inserted through the urethra in the same way as an endoscope.
  • The third holds an endoscope-usually a job for a human nurse.
  • Now they can, thanks to a new, incredibly small endoscope.
  • The surgery will be done with tools placed through the endoscope.
  • Both procedures involve snaking a fiberoptic tube called an endoscope through the rectum to view the lining of the colon.
  • The surgeon inserts a fiberoptic endoscope, which is a thin tube, into the urethra.
  • For a less complicated surgery, your surgeon may use a medical device called an endoscope.
  • While looking at the esophagus with the endoscope, the doctor may perform biopsies in different parts of the esophagus.
  • It involves inserting an endoscope or tube down through the esophagus.
  • First they affix a small, speckled latex bubble to the tip of an endoscope.
British Dictionary definitions for endoscope


a long slender medical instrument used for examining the interior of hollow organs including the lung, stomach, bladder, and bowel
Derived Forms
endoscopic (ˌɛndəʊˈskɒpɪk) adjective
endoscopist (ɛnˈdɒskəpɪst) noun
endoscopy, noun
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endoscope in Medicine

endoscope en·do·scope (ěn'də-skōp')
An instrument for examining visually the interior of a bodily canal or hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach.

en'do·scop'ic (-skŏp'ĭk) adj.
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endoscope in Science
A medical instrument used for visual examination of the interior of a body cavity or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach. It is a rigid or flexible tube fitted with lenses, a fiber-optic light source, and often a probe, forceps, suction device, or other apparatus for examination or retrieval of tissue.

endoscopy noun (ěn-dŏs'kə-pē)
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