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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.
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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.
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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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Once he or she becomes comfortable with the mechanics of tube insertion, a speculum can be placed over the tape with the free hand to mimic the anatomy of the ear canal.
On the lamp's surface "appears a very slender woman, possibly affected by a serious illness, like cancer, and a doctor who is performing a gynecological exam with a vaginal speculum," Morillo said.
Instead, to remove the ring, he uses the smallest lubricated speculum that allows for patient comfort.
It is thought the way instruments called speculums, which are used in smear tests and intimate examinations, had been cleaned may have been unsafe, a spokeswoman for Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust (PCT) said.
The children make scissors, forceps, needle holders, scalpels, speculums, and clamps.
And then there's Tailhook, 1993-94, by Lillian Ball: a narrow corridor lined with 34 condom-clad speculums.