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speculum

 [spek´u-lum]
an instrument for opening or distending a body orifice or cavity to permit visual inspection.
Speculums: A, nasal; B, rectal; C, ear (for otoscope); D, vaginal.
See illustration.

spec·u·lum

, pl.

spec·u·la

(spek'yū-lŭm, -lă), The correct plural of this word is specula, not speculae or speculi.
An instrument for exposing the opening of any canal or cavity to facilitate inspection of its interior.
[L. a mirror, fr. specio, to look at]

speculum

/spec·u·lum/ (spek´u-lum) pl. spec´ula   [L.] an instrument for opening or distending a body orifice or cavity to permit visual inspection.

speculum

(spĕk′yə-ləm)
n. pl. specu·la (-lə) or specu·lums
1. A mirror or polished metal plate used as a reflector in optical instruments.
2. An instrument for dilating the opening of a body cavity for medical examination.

speculum

[spek′yələm]
Etymology: L, mirror
a retractor used to separate the walls of a cavity to make examination possible, such as an ear speculum, an eye speculum, a nasal speculum, or a vaginal speculum.
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Nasal specula

speculum

An instrument used by gynaecologists to open the vagina so as to facilitate visualisation of the uterine cervix.

speculum

 Surgery An instrument used to widen a body opening or surgical field to ↑ visibility

spec·u·lum

, pl. specula (spek'yŭ-lŭm, -lă)
An instrument for enlarging the opening of any canal or cavity to facilitate inspection of its interior.
[L. a mirror, fr. specio, to look at]

speculum

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

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.
See: illustration

speculum

An instrument of varying design used to hold open or widen a body orifice such as the ear canal, a nostril, the eyelids, the anus or the vagina so as to allow examination.

speculum

  1. the coloured wing bar, particularly in ducks.
  2. an OCELLUS.

Speculum

A speculum is an instrument that is used during the internal genitalia examination. It can be made of plastic or metal and is used to open up the vaginal cavity in order for the examiner to view the walls of the vagina and the cervix.

spec·u·lum

, pl. specula (spek'yŭ-lŭm, -lă) The correct plural of this word is specula, not speculae or speculi.
Instrument for exposing opening of any canal or cavity to facilitate inspection of its interior.
[L. a mirror, fr. specio, to look at]

speculum

an instrument for opening or distending a body orifice or cavity to permit visual inspection.

mouth speculum
ophthalmic speculum
small, lightweight speculum consisting of two arms which are opened by a screw at one end. Called also Castroviejo eye speculum.
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I see at the precise point where the divine ray reflects itself on the speculum that I am and creates me as a divine resemblance.
During the entire exam the nurse should explain when and where the examiner is going to touch, such as "1 am going to put my hands on your thighs," "I am going to insert the speculum now," as well as what the examiner is doing at all times.
6 Dorothy Donald, 'Suetonius in the Primera Cronica General through the Speculum Historiale', Hispanic Review, xi/2 (1943), 95-115.
Key components of surveillance evaluation Endometrial cancer Ovarian cancer History and Symptom assessment, Symptom assessment, physical exam pelvic exam with pelvic exam with speculum and speculum and rectovaginal exam rectovaginal exam Vaginal Not recommended Not recommended cytology Imaging Not routinely Not routinely (CT/MRI/PET) recommended recommended (consider cases of fertility- preserving surgery) Tumor markers Not recommended.
At folios 37v to 38, IMEV 3478 is comprised of excerpts from Speculum Vitae, lines 12561 to 12658 (with many excisions), and 12771 to 12782.
In addition, the type of speculum lubricant did not affect chlamydia and gonorrhea detection rates.
Recommended Usage: The practitioner bends the vial containing Speculite until it snaps, shakes it, and applies it to one side of an adhesive strip, which is attached to the inside upper dilator of the speculum.
Because both exemplum and speculum propose a visual example (as opposed to verbal Instruction) for the reader to follow, they 'reflect' to the reader the state of his (or her) perfection or impe rfection.
2-mm disposable otoscopi speculum is not adequate for diagnosing AOM in children under 3 years of age.
INDEX R-S Homo Sapiens (F) RECTUM, RED PALMS, RELAXATION, RHYTHM METHOD, RUBELLA, RUPTURED MEMBRANE, SACRUM, SALPINGECTOMY, SALIPINGES, SALPINGITIS, SEXUAL INTERCOURSE - during pregnancy, after childbirth, after abortion, SHAKES, SHOCK, SLEEPLESSNESS, SPECULUM, SPERM, SPERMICIDE, SPIDER NAEVI, SPINAL ANAESTHETIC, STERILIZATION, STERILITY, STILL-BIRTH, STITCHES, STRESS INCONTINENCE, STRETCH MARKS, SUPPOSITORIES, SUPINE SYNDROME, SYMPHYSIS PUBIS, SYNTOMETRINE, SYPHILIS.
The speculum as a genre and the mirrour in eulogistic rhetoric conveyed the notion of a comprehensive ideal for imitation rather than a replication of the beholder and his world to show them ~what they really were'.
During the procedure, an instrument called a speculum is used to hold the vagina open while a thin tube is inserted into the uterus.