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An endoscope is a device with a light attached that is used to look inside a body cavity or organ. The scope is inserted through a natural opening, such as the mouth during a bronchoscopy or the rectum for a sigmoidoscopy.

A medical procedure using any type of endoscope is called endoscopy.

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Update Date 4/14/2013