One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: examination of one's own larynx by means of a laryngoscope. In later use also: direct examination of the larynx of a patient (using a laryngoscope without a mirror).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Medical Times and Gazette. From auto- + laryngoscopy (although this is first attested slightly later), after German Autolaryngoskopie.
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