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Related to specula: specular, speculum
A plural of speculum.
speculum(spek'yu-lum) (-la) plural.specula [L. speculum, a mirror]
1. An instrument for examination of canals or hollow organs. See: illustration
2. The membrane separating the anterior cornua of lateral ventricles of the brain. Synonym: septum pellucidum
A speculum with two opposed blades that can be separated or closed.See: vaginal speculum
A bivalve speculum with wide blades, used to inspect the vagina and cervix.
A short, funnel-shaped tube, tubular or bivalve (the former being preferable), used to examine the external auditory canal and eardrum.
A device for separating the eyelids. Plated steel wire, plain, Luer's, Von Graefe's, and Steven's are the most common types.
A small vaginal speculum for examining prepubertal patients or others with small vaginal orifices.
A speculum, usually with two opposing portions that, after being inserted, can be pushed apart for examining the vagina and cervix. It should be warmed before use.See: illustration