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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rylen, his daughter, used a toy otoscope to look into her dad's ear. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 17 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 15 Apr. 2020 Once my ear had been flushed about four times, the PA used the otoscope to check inside. Katie Holley, SELF, 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, 25 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of otoscope was in 1849

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“Otoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/otoscope. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



oto·​scope ˈōt-ə-ˌskōp How to pronounce otoscope (audio)
: an instrument fitted with lighting and magnifying lens systems and used to facilitate visual examination of the auditory canal and eardrum
otoscopic adjective

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