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A plural of speculum.


(spek'yu-lum) (-la) plural.specula [L. speculum, a mirror]
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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

bivalve speculum

A speculum with two opposed blades that can be separated or closed.
See: vaginal speculum

duck-bill speculum

A bivalve speculum with wide blades, used to inspect the vagina and cervix.

ear speculum

A short, funnel-shaped tube, tubular or bivalve (the former being preferable), used to examine the external auditory canal and eardrum.

eye speculum

A device for separating the eyelids. Plated steel wire, plain, Luer's, Von Graefe's, and Steven's are the most common types.

Pedersen speculum

A small vaginal speculum for examining prepubertal patients or others with small vaginal orifices.
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vaginal speculum

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.
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However, 39 (48%) of those samples had been obtained with nonlubricated specula.
Dini called his bethren the specula mundorum, "the mirrors of the worldly.
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This blade can be easily disassembled for cleaning, and, unlike traditional specula, does not obstruct the view of the cervix.
Illuminated instruments consist of retractors, specula, laryngoscopes, trocars and any other devices that use fiberoptics to pass light to the work site.