speculum
noun (plural specula; also -lums) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, mirror, from specere Date: 15th century 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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  • spéculum — [ spekylɔm ] n. m. VAR. speculum • XVe; lat. speculum « miroir » ♦ Méd. Instrument servant à explorer des cavités ou conduits de l organisme, muni d un dispositif permettant de les élargir en vue d en faciliter l examen. Spéculum vaginal, anal,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • speculum — spéculum [ spekylɔm ] n. m. VAR. speculum • XVe; lat. speculum « miroir » ♦ Méd. Instrument servant à explorer des cavités ou conduits de l organisme, muni d un dispositif permettant de les élargir en vue d en faciliter l examen. Spéculum vaginal …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Speculum — Spéculum Ancien modèle de spéculum Un spéculum est un outil médical généralement en métal ou à usage unique en plastique permettant d explorer une cavité corporelle par l écartement des parois. Sommaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • SPECULUM — primis mortalium aequor fuit undarum saxorumque laevor. Senec. Natur. Quaest. l. 1. c. 17. Rerum natura facultatem nobis dedit, nosmet ipsos videndi, fons cuique perlucidus, aut laeve saxum imaginem reddit. Unde Pastor ille Virgilianus, Ecl. 2. v …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Speculum — Spec u*lum, n.; pl. L. {Specula}, E. {Speculum}. [L., fr. specere to look, behold. See {Spy}.] 1. A mirror, or looking glass; especially, a metal mirror, as in Greek and Roman arch[ae]ology. [1913 Webster] 2. A reflector of polished metal,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Speculum — Spec u*lum, n.; pl. L. {Specula}, E. {Speculum}. [L., fr. specere to look, behold. See {Spy}.] 1. A mirror, or looking glass; especially, a metal mirror, as in Greek and Roman arch[ae]ology. [1913 Webster] 2. A reflector of polished metal,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speculum — SPÉCULUM s.n. v. specul. Trimis de claudia, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  SPÉCULUM s.n. v. specul. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • speculum — (n.) 1590s, from L. speculum, lit. mirror, from specere to look at, view (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Specŭlum — (lat.), medizinisches Instrument, s. Spiegel, S. 731 …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Speculum — Speculum, lat., Spiegel, chirurgisches Werkzeug, um gewisse Theile des Körpers offen zu erhalten z.B. s. oculi, oris, Augen , Mundsperre …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • speculum — ► NOUN (pl. specula) Medicine ▪ a metal instrument that is used to dilate an orifice or canal in the body to allow inspection. ORIGIN Latin, mirror , from specere to look …   English terms dictionary

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