Definition of speculum
speculaplay \ˈspe-kyə-lə\ also
1 : an instrument inserted into a body passage especially to facilitate visual inspection or medication
2 : a drawing or table showing the relative positions of all the planets (as in an astrological nativity)
3 : a patch of color on the secondaries of most ducks and some other birds
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Once the speculum is in place, your doctor will use a swab to collect some cells from your cervix and send them to the lab.
This may be the first musical to incorporate into its stage directions the fondling of a medical speculum.
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Origin and Etymology of speculum
Middle English, from Latin, mirror, from specere
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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