Speculum


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speculum

[′spek·yə·ləm]
(medicine)
A tubular instrument for inserting into a passage or cavity of the body to facilitate visual inspection or medication.
(optics)
An optical instrument reflector of polished metal or of glass with a film of metal.

Speculum

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

A speculum is a table constructed in tandem with an astrological chart that records such information as the planets’ declination, right ascension, latitude, etc.

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Comment: As a naturopathic physician women's health practitioner, I think that these recommendations from the ACP are worrisome for women, and so does the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which in 2012 reaffirmed that the speculum and bimanual examination is a part of annual well-women visits in women aged 21 years and older; that is what I practice as well.
However, this method has the potential to cause damage as a modified nasal speculum is used to probe the cloaca.
Vaginal speculum examinations without stirrups: US clinicians wonder if it will work.
The uncomfortable part of the examination is having this speculum put in.
The study included 9,500 women, 20-44 years old, who underwent pelvic exams involving a vaginal speculum from July 2003 to February 2004 at a rural family planning clinic.
The Speculum astronomiae is a short treatise consisting of seventeen chapters and about thirty-five pages, organized in such a way as to explain to the reader the chief problems met with in astronomy and more specifically in the various branches of astrology; it provides a full list of the works treating these subjects that were available in the second half of the thirteenth century.
While Edmond wields a veterinary speculum, Clara bitterly observes, "In the most isolated houses, the cruelest and vilest acts can be committed in secrecy and with impunity.
The Mediterranean orchid Ophrys speculum manufactures whiffs of the same scent that the female wasp Campsoscolia ciliata does.
In part II, on Carthusian links with female spirituality, Marleen Cre writes on the presence of Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love and Marguerite Porete's Mirror of Simple Souls in the Amherst manuscript; Rebecca Selman writes on spirituality and sex change in Horologium sapientiae and Speculum devotorum; and Anne McGovern-Mouron writes on the Liber de modo bene vivendi ad sororem.
The mantle once worn by Rubens, Fragonard, and Cezanne now somehow is cast over a ham named Annie Sprinkle, who allows us to peer at her cervix with a speculum.
During a pelvic exam, an instrument called a speculum is used to widen the vagina so that the upper part of the vagina and the cervix can be seen.
For example, when I was summoned to appear before a school committee for alleged unsatisfactory performance in my OB-GYN course, I had just submitted to the dean a written complaint protesting the fact that, as the only woman among five students at that site, I alone was excluded from the opportunity to practice speculum examinations with PAP smears.