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1855, from -scopy + Greek lapara "flank," from laparos "soft," from PIE *lep- "to peel;" + -scopy. Related: Laparoscopic; laparoscope.
laparoscopy lap·a·ros·co·py (lāp'ə-rŏs'kə-pē)n.
Examination of the interior of the abdomen by a laparoscope.
A surgical procedure using laparoscopy.