speculum

noun

spec·​u·​lum ˈspe-kyə-ləm How to pronounce speculum (audio)
plural specula ˈspe-kyə-lə How to pronounce speculum (audio) also speculums
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

Examples of speculum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a speculum inserted, the gynecologist takes a sample of cells from your cervix using a small brush. Cristina Mutchler, Verywell Health, 19 July 2024 But there are so many more areas—mammograms, IUDs, tampons, speculums, and birth control pills, to name a few—that need an upgrade. Amanda Gerut, Fortune, 31 May 2024 Nonetheless, the speculum triumphed, ultimately giving men more medical power and authority over women patients, who frequently had little or no power to consent along the way. TIME, 24 Apr. 2024 One reason for that aversion has to do with the usage of one specific instrument: the speculum. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for speculum 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin, mirror, from specere

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of speculum was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Speculum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speculum. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

speculum

noun
spec·​u·​lum ˈspek-yə-ləm How to pronounce speculum (audio)
plural specula -lə How to pronounce speculum (audio) also speculums
: an instrument that is inserted into a bodily passage in order to help in inspection or the giving of medicine

Medical Definition

speculum

noun
spec·​u·​lum ˈspek-yə-ləm How to pronounce speculum (audio)
plural specula -lə How to pronounce speculum (audio) also speculums
: any of various instruments for insertion into a body passage to facilitate visual inspection or medication
a vaginal speculum
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