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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A medical instrument for dilating a bodily passage or cavity in order to examine the interior; A mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument.

Usage examples (28)
  • They have an iridescent green speculum, which is separated from a bluish shoulder patch by a white stripe.
  • The etymology seems straightforward - from the Latin speculum, meaning "mirror."
  • However, every time I hear the word "speculum," a sense of icy terror flashes through my mind.
  • The speculum is a dull brown or bronze. for more
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