AskDefine | Define speculum

Dictionary Definition

speculum

Noun

1 a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument
2 a medical instrument for dilating a bodily passage or cavity in order to examine the interior [also: specula (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

speculum, mirror, diminutive form from root spec-, to look at + diminutive suffix -ulum

Pronunciation

  • (UK): /ˈspɛkjʊləm/, /"spEkjUl@m/
  • (UK): , /ˈspɛkjələm/, /"spEkj@l@m/

Noun

  1. A medical instrument used during an examination to dilate an orifice.
  2. A mirror.

Latin

Noun

speculum, -ī n
  1. mirror

Inflection

Extensive Definition

Meanings of speculum include:
speculum in Dutch: Speculum
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