co·​lo·​nos·​co·​py | \ ˌkō-lə-ˈnä-skə-pē \
plural colonoscopies

Definition of colonoscopy

: endoscopic examination of the colon

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Other Words from colonoscopy

colonoscope \ kō-​ˈlä-​nə-​ˌskōp \ noun

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Many of them never feel any symptoms and learn of the pouches inadvertently, usually after a routine colonoscopy. Laura Landro, WSJ, "Doctors Rethink the Cause—and Treatment—of Diverticular Disease," 20 Nov. 2018 The more than 27 million Americans without health insurance would surely be glad to have the checkups and colonoscopies that Ehrenreich has chosen to forgo. Judith Shulevitz, New York Times, "Is Our Obsession With Wellness Doing Us In?," 11 June 2018 Doctors are often forced to use either time-consuming or unreliable questionnaires that look for symptoms, or invasive colonoscopies. Alan Mozes,, "Tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder," 8 June 2018 Our searchable database features cash prices for more than 30 common, shoppable procedures, such as blood tests, MRIs and colonoscopies, at facilities throughout the Philadelphia area. Sarah Gantz,, "Join the conversation on Philly Health Costs," 22 Feb. 2018 All this at a time when the budget that Bevin proposed on Tuesday zeroes out state funding for programs that pay for mammograms and colonoscopies for people who don’t have insurance. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Call Gov. Matt Bevin's Medicaid plan what it is: 'Kentucky Death' | Joseph Gerth," 17 Jan. 2018 Buy Photo Always the responsible patient, Gregg Shivers turned 60 and, like clockwork, called his doctor to schedule a colonoscopy. Sarah Gantz,, "Have a high deductible insurance plan? Knowing the cash prices could save you money," 20 Feb. 2018 While the process sounds somewhat daunting and messy, the advantage is being able to avoid what is surely one of the least-pleasant routine medical procedures—a colonoscopy. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Exact Sciences Shares Jump 31%," 22 Aug. 2018 The out-of-pocket cost for a colonoscopy can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Kim Painter, USA TODAY, "Start colon cancer screening at 45, not 50, American Cancer Society urges," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of colonoscopy

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colonoscopy was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of colonoscopy

medical : a medical procedure in which a special tube-shaped instrument is used to take pictures of the inside of someone's colon


co·​lo·​nos·​co·​py | \ ˌkō-lə-ˈnäs-kə-pē , ˌkäl-ə- \
plural colonoscopies

Medical Definition of colonoscopy

: endoscopic examination of the colon transabdominal colonoscopy with a sigmoidoscope via colotomy

Other Words from colonoscopy

colonoscopic \ kō-​ˌlän-​ə-​ˈskäp-​ik \ adjective

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