proctoscopic /prok'teuh skop"ik/, adj.
/prok"teuh skohp'/, n.
an instrument for visual examination of the interior of the rectum.
[1895-1900; PROCTO- + -SCOPE]

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Lighted tube used to inspect the rectum and lower colon.

It is 10 in. (25 cm) long, allowing the entire rectal lining to be examined for evidence of disease. It is inserted into the anal canal and advanced as far as is comfortable for the patient. Modern fibre-optic proctoscopes allow more extensive observation with less discomfort. Proctoscopy is standard in physical examinations of older persons. See also endoscopy.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • proctoscope — [ prɒktəskəʊp] noun a medical instrument for examining the anus and lower rectum. Derivatives proctoscopy noun Origin C19: from Gk prōktos anus + scope …   English new terms dictionary

  • proctoscope — proc·to·scope …   English syllables

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  • proctoscope — proc•to•scope [[t]ˈprɒk təˌskoʊp[/t]] n. med an instrument for visual examination of the interior of the rectum • Etymology: 1895–1900 proc to•scop′ic ˈskɒp ɪk adj. proc•tos′co•py ˈtɒs kə pi n …   From formal English to slang

  • proctoscope — /ˈprɒktəskoʊp/ (say proktuhskohp) noun an instrument for examining the interior of the rectum. {procto (from Greek prōkto , combining form of prōktos anus) + scope} …   Australian English dictionary

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