Definition of proctoscope in English:

proctoscope

noun

  • A medical instrument with an integral lamp for examining the anus and lower part of the rectum or carrying out minor medical procedures.

    • ‘The doctor either uses a gloved finger or an instrument called a proctoscope to check for abnormalities such as growths on the rectal wall.’
    • ‘To check for leaks, the surgeon at the rectal site inserts a proctoscope into the anus.’
    • ‘One of the main investigations is a proctoscopy, where a small telescope known as a proctoscope is passed into the anal canal.’
    • ‘Of all malignant disease, about 50 per cent occurs in areas which may be inspected directly, or with only simple instrumentation, such as the proctoscope.’
    • ‘He presents a number of scenarios that imply that the majority of cancers are detectable directly or with simple instrumentation, like ‘a head mirror, tongue depressor, vaginal speculum or proctoscope.’’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek prōktos anus + -scope.

Pronunciation:

proctoscope

/ˈprɒktəskəʊp/