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Definition of Laparoscope

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Updated December 21, 2009

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Definition: A laparoscope is a flexible tubular structure at the end of which is a camera that enables surgeons to get a more detailed, up-close view of anatomy. It is frequently used in urologic procedures for removal of stones in the bladder and kidney.
Pronunciation: lap-a-ro-scope
Also Known As: laparoscopy, minimally invasive
Common Misspellings: laparascope
Examples:
The urologist used a laparoscope that went through the man's urethra so that he could see where the excess tissue was in an enlarged prostate.

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