The suffix is the bit that will tell you about what procedure, condition, disease or disorder you're dealing with.
-scopy [skəpi] from Greek - to examine, observe
In general words ending with -scopy indicate viewing or examination, typically with an instrument ending with -scope. Figures, doesn't it? In general sense, this includes instruments such as a microscope or a telescope too.
These days, -scopy doesn't just mean examination. The same instrument can be equipped with an attachment to perform a biopsy or a surgery.
Some examples are laparoscopy (procedure within intra-abdominal or pelvic region), thoracoscopy (examination of the lung surfaces and pleural space) , arthroscopy (examination or surgical procedure in the joint), etc.
Compare with laparotomy, which is surgically opening the abdomen.
Veterinary Highlights: Laparoscopy, Thoracoscopy, And Endoscopic-Assisted Procedures
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