laparoscopy

noun
lap·​a·​ros·​co·​py | \ ˌla-pə-ˈrä-skə-pē How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio) \
plural laparoscopies

Definition of laparoscopy

1 : visual examination of the abdomen by means of a laparoscope
2 : an operation (such as tubal ligation or gallbladder removal) involving laparoscopy

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Other Words from laparoscopy

laparoscopic \ ˌla-​pə-​-​rə-​ˈskä-​pik How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio) \ adjective
laparoscopist \ ˌla-​pə-​ˈrä-​skə-​pist How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio) \ noun

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Since laparo- means "wall of the abdomen", a laparoscope is an endoscope designed especially to examine the abdomen. Common laparoscopic surgeries include removal of the gallbladder, appendix, or kidney, and removal of tumors from abdominal organs. Like the other endoscopic surgeries, laparoscopy, as compared to traditional surgery, reduces risk of bleeding, pain following the operation, patient recovery time, and length of hospital stays.

Examples of laparoscopy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her medical records show she was also given a laparoscopy, in which incisions are made in the abdomen. NBC News, "U.S. deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor," 11 Nov. 2020 The only way to definitively diagnose the condition is through a laparoscopy (minimally invasive surgery) to confirm you have endometriosis lesions, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Bizzy Whiting, SELF, "9 Things No One Tells You About Living With Endometriosis," 2 Dec. 2019 In 2018, Hough recounted two times when her dog Lexi wouldn’t leave her side following laparoscopy to treat her endometriosis. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Julianne Hough Mourns the Deaths of Her Two 'Babies' Lexi and Harley: 'I Am Forever Grateful'," 12 Oct. 2019 But robotic surgeries cost hospitals more to provide and often are reimbursed by insurers at the same rate as for conventional laparoscopy, according to some experts. Mary Chris Jaklevic, chicagotribune.com, "Robotic surgical tool, not medical evidence, drives free hernia screenings," 31 July 2019 But robotic surgeries cost hospitals more to provide and often are reimbursed by insurers at the same rate as for conventional laparoscopy, according to some experts. Mary Chris Jaklevic, chicagotribune.com, "Robotic surgical tool, not medical evidence, drives free hernia screenings," 31 July 2019 Moll knew that laparoscopy, for all its benefits, could exhaust and frustrate surgeons, who often had to spend several hours manipulating their tools through tiny holes. D. T. Max, The New Yorker, "Paging Dr. Robot," 23 Sep. 2019 But robotic surgeries cost hospitals more to provide and often are reimbursed by insurers at the same rate as for conventional laparoscopy, according to some experts. Mary Chris Jaklevic, chicagotribune.com, "Robotic surgical tool, not medical evidence, drives free hernia screenings," 31 July 2019 But robotic surgeries cost hospitals more to provide and often are reimbursed by insurers at the same rate as for conventional laparoscopy, according to some experts. Mary Chris Jaklevic, chicagotribune.com, "Robotic surgical tool, not medical evidence, drives free hernia screenings," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of laparoscopy

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of laparoscopy was in 1916

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“Laparoscopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laparoscopy. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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laparoscopy

noun
lap·​a·​ros·​co·​py | \ ˌlap-ə-ˈräs-kə-pē How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio) \
plural laparoscopies

Medical Definition of laparoscopy

1 : visual examination of the inside of the abdomen by means of a laparoscope

called also peritoneoscopy

2 : an operation (as tubal ligation or gallbladder removal) involving laparoscopy

Other Words from laparoscopy

laparoscopic \ -​rə-​ˈskäp-​ik How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio) \ adjective
laparoscopically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce laparoscopy (audio) \ adverb

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