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[lap-uh-ros-kuh-pee] /ˌlæp əˈrɒs kə pi/
noun, plural laparoscopies. Surgery
examination of the abdominal cavity or performance of minor abdominal surgery using a laparoscope.
1850-55; laparo- + -scopy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for laparoscopy
  • 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.
  • Some newer less invasive procedures use laparoscopy, which requires only one or two small incisions over the pubic bone.
  • If surgery is necessary, laparoscopy is the safest approach.
  • Surgery may be laparotomy or a less-invasive laparoscopy.
  • Less invasive surgical techniques using laparoscopy have been developed for radical prostatectomy.
  • laparoscopy is a means of performing surgery that is less invasive than traditional methods.
  • laparoscopy to allow direct visualization of the pelvic cavity.
Word Origin and History for laparoscopy

1855, from -scopy + Greek lapara "flank," from laparos "soft," from PIE *lep- "to peel;" + -scopy. Related: Laparoscopic; laparoscope.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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laparoscopy in Medicine

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

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

  2. A surgical procedure using laparoscopy.

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laparoscopy in Science
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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