speculum

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noun spec·u·lum \ˈspe-kyə-ləm\

Definition of speculum

plural

specula

play \ˈspe-kyə-lə\ also

speculums

  1. 1 :  an instrument inserted into a body passage especially to facilitate visual inspection or medication

  2. 2 :  a drawing or table showing the relative positions of all the planets (as in an astrological nativity)

  3. 3 :  a patch of color on the secondaries of most ducks and some other birds

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Origin and Etymology of speculum

Middle English, from Latin, mirror, from specere


Medical Dictionary

speculum

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noun spec·u·lum \ˈspek-yə-ləm\

Medical Definition of speculum

plural

specula

\-lə\play also

speculums

  1. :  any of various instruments for insertion into a body passage to facilitate visual inspection or medication a vaginal speculum


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