|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 |
laparoscopy lap·a·ros·co·py (lāp'ə-rŏs'kə-pē)
Examination of the interior of the abdomen by a laparoscope.
A surgical procedure using laparoscopy.
|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)