|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.|
|a medical instrument consisting of a tube that is inserted through the abdominal wall and illuminated to enable a doctor to view the internal organs|
|[C19 (applied to various instruments used to examine the abdomen) and C20 (in the specific modern sense): from Greek lapara (see |
laparoscope lap·a·ro·scope (lāp'ər-ə-skōp')
A slender, tubular endoscope that is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall to examine or perform minor surgery within the abdominal or pelvic cavities. Also called peritoneoscope.
|laparoscope (lāp'ər-ə-skōp') Pronunciation Key
A slender, tubular endoscope that is inserted through an incision in the abdominal wall to examine or perform minor surgery within the abdomen or pelvis.
laparoscopy noun (lāp'ə-rŏs'kə-pē)
A surgical device that uses optical fibers in a small tube. Inserted into the abdomen, the laparoscope allows surgery without large incisions.
Note: Laparoscopic surgery is often referred to as “Band-Aid” surgery because it requires only small incisions.