laparoscopy

noun lap·a·ros·co·py \ ˌla-pə-ˈrä-skə-pē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of laparoscopy

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

laparoscopic

play \ˌla-pə--rə-ˈskä-pik\ adjective

laparoscopist

play \ˌla-pə-ˈrä-skə-pist\ noun

Recent Examples of laparoscopy from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'laparoscopy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of laparoscopy

1916

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

laparoscopy

noun lap·a·ros·co·py \ ˌlap-ə-ˈräs-kə-pē \

medical Definition of laparoscopy

plural laparoscopies
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

laparoscopic

play \-rə-ˈskäp-ik\ adjective

laparoscopically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Learn More about laparoscopy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up laparoscopy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a figure representing a hated person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!