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spec·u·lum

 (spĕk′yə-ləm)
n. pl. spec·u·la (-lə) or spec·u·lums
1. A mirror or polished metal plate used as a reflector in optical instruments.
2. An instrument for dilating the opening of a body cavity for medical examination.
3. Zoology
a. A bright, often iridescent patch of color on the wings of certain birds, especially ducks.
b. A transparent spot in the wings of some butterflies or moths.

[Middle English, surgical speculum, from Latin, mirror, from specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

speculum

(ˈspɛkjʊləm)
n, pl -la (-lə) or -lums
1. (General Physics) a mirror, esp one made of polished metal for use in a telescope, etc
2. (Medicine) med an instrument for dilating a bodily cavity or passage to permit examination of its interior
3. (Zoology) a patch of distinctive colour on the wing of a bird, esp in certain ducks
[C16: from Latin: mirror, from specere to look at]

spec•u•lum

(ˈspɛk yə ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə), -lums.
1. a mirror or reflector, esp. one of polished metal, as on a reflecting telescope.
2. a medical instrument for rendering a part accessible to observation, as by enlarging an orifice.
3. a lustrous or colored area on the wings of certain birds.
[1590–1600; < Latin: mirror, derivative of spec(ere) to look]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speculum - a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrumentspeculum - a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument
mirror - polished surface that forms images by reflecting light
2.speculum - a medical instrument for dilating a bodily passage or cavity in order to examine the interior
medical instrument - instrument used in the practice of medicine
Translations
Spekulum

speculum

[ˈspekjʊləm] N (speculums, specula (pl)) → espéculo m

speculum

n pl <specula> (Med) → Spekulum nt; (in telescope) → Metallspiegel m

spec·u·lum

n. espéculo, instrumento para dilatar un conducto o cavidad.

speculum

n (pl -la o -lums) espéculo