laparoscopy

[lap-uh-ros-kuh-pee]
noun, plural laparoscopies. Surgery.
examination of the abdominal cavity or performance of minor abdominal surgery using a laparoscope.

Origin:
1850–55; laparo- + -scopy

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laparoscope (ˈlæpərəˌskəʊp)
 
n
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 laparotomy) + -scope]
 
laparo'scopic
 
adj
 
lapa'roscopy
 
n

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laparoscopy lap·a·ros·co·py (lāp'ə-rŏs'kə-pē)
n.

  1. Examination of the interior of the abdomen by a laparoscope.

  2. A surgical procedure using laparoscopy.

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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)
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Example sentences
Laparoscopy describes a group of procedures that are performed with a camera
  placed in the abdomen.
Many surgeons believe that laparoscopy is becoming safe and effective, and
  should be the first choice.
During laparoscopy, your belly will be filled with gas to expand it.
If surgery is necessary, laparoscopy is the safer approach.
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