oto·​scope | \ ˈō-tə-ˌskōp How to pronounce otoscope (audio) \

Definition of otoscope

: an instrument with lighting and magnifying systems used for visual examination of the tympanic membrane and the canal connecting it to the exterior of the body

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Examples of otoscope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next Mayo hopes to use a virtual stethoscope -- patients would place it on their heart and a doctor would listen - and an otoscope, which patients would use to show doctors the inside of their ears and mouths. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "A silver lining to the pandemic: At-home care helps patients catch life-threatening illnesses," 22 Aug. 2020 A year ago, my toddler accidentally stabbed me in the right eye with a Doc McStuffins otoscope. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "When Toddlers Attack!," 15 Apr. 2020 Once my ear had been flushed about four times, the PA used the otoscope to check inside. Katie Holley, SELF, "I Went to the ER with a Live Roach in My Ear and It Was as Horrifying as You Think," 30 Apr. 2018 Each school nurse’s office has a telemedicine cart with stethoscopes, otoscopes and other devices that can stream video and data to doctors and nurses. Emily Holland, WSJ, "Telemedicine Reinvents the Visit to the School Nurse," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of otoscope

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of otoscope was in 1849

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28 Aug 2020

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“Otoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otoscope. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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oto·​scope | \ ˈōt-ə-ˌskōp How to pronounce otoscope (audio) \

Medical Definition of otoscope

: an instrument fitted with lighting and magnifying lens systems and used to facilitate visual examination of the auditory canal and eardrum

Other Words from otoscope

otoscopic \ ˌōt-​ə-​ˈskäp-​ik How to pronounce otoscopic (audio) \ adjective

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