Science, Tech, Math › Science Biology Prefixes and Suffixes: -scope Share Flipboard Email Print Telescope. Credit: Andrzej Wojcicki/Science Photo Library/Getty Images Science Biology Basics Cell Biology Genetics Organisms Anatomy Physiology Botany Ecology Chemistry Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Regina Bailey Biology Expert B.A., Biology, Emory University A.S., Nursing, Chattahoochee Technical College Regina Bailey is a board-certified registered nurse, science writer and educator. Her work has been featured in "Kaplan AP Biology" and "The Internet for Cellular and Molecular Biologists." our editorial process Regina Bailey Updated July 04, 2019 Biology Prefixes and Suffixes: -scope Definition: The suffix (-scope) refers to an instrument for inspecting or viewing. It comes from the Greek (-skopion), which means to observe. Examples: Angioscope (angio - scope) - special type of microscope used for examining capillary vessels. Arthroscope (arthro - scope) - an instrument used for examining the inside of a joint. Baroscope (baro - scope) - an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure. Bioscope (bio - scope) - an early type of movie projector. Boreoscope (boreo - scope) - an instrument consisting of a long tube with an eyepiece on one end used to inspect the inside of a structure, such as an engine. Bronchoscope (broncho - scope) - an instrument for inspecting the interior of the bronchi in the lungs. Cryoscope (cryo - scope) - an instrument that measures a liquid's freezing point. Cystoscope (cysto - scope) - a type of endoscope used for examining the inside of the urinary bladder and urethra. Endoscope (endo - scope) - a tubular instrument for examining internal body cavities or hollow organs such as the intestines, stomach, bladder, or lungs. Episcope (epi - scope) - an instrument that projects enlarged images of opaque objects such as photographs. Fetoscope (feto - scope) - an instrument used to examine the interior of the uterus or to examine a fetus in the womb. Fiberscope (fiber - scope) - an instrument that uses fiber optics to examine a defined area. It is often used to examine body cavities that might not otherwise be able to be seen. Fluoroscope (fluoro - scope) - a device used for examining deep body structures through the use of a fluorescent screen and an X-ray source. Galvanoscope (galvano - scope) - a device that detects electrical currents through the use of a magnetic needle. Gastroscope (gastro - scope) - a type of endoscope used to examine the stomach. Gyroscope (gyro - scope) - a navigational device that consists of a rotating wheel (mounted on an axis) that can turn freely in any direction. Hodoscope (hodo - scope) - an instrument that traces the path of charged particles. Kaleidoscope (kaleido - scope) - an optical instrument that creates complex patterns of constantly changing colors and shapes. Laparoscope (laparo - scope) - a type of endoscope inserted into the abdominal wall for examining the internal abdominal cavity or for performing surgery. Laryngoscope (laryno - scope) - a type of endoscope used to examine the larynx (upper part of the trachea or voice box). Microscope (micro - scope) - an optical instrument used for magnifying and viewing very small objects. Myoscope (myo - scope) - a specialized instrument for examining muscle contractions. Opthalmoscope (opthalmo - scope) - an instrument for examining the interior of the eye, especially the retina. Otoscope (oto - scope) - an instrument for examining the inner ear. Periscope (peri - scope) - an optical instrument that uses angled mirrors or prisms for viewing objects that are not in a direct line of vision. Retinoscope (retino - scope) - an optical instrument that looks at light refraction in an eye. This optical instrument is also known as a skiascope (skia - scope). Stethoscope (stetho - scope) - an instrument used to listen to sounds made by internal organs such as the heart or lungs. Tachistoscope (tachisto - scope) - an instrument that is used to assess perception and memory by projecting images rapidly onto a screen. Telescope (tele - scope) - an optical instrument that uses lenses to magnify distant objects for viewing. Thermoscope (thermo - scope) - an instrument that measures a change in temperature. Ultramicroscope (ultra - micro - scope) - a high light intensity microscope that is used to study very, very small objects. Urethroscope (urethro - scope) - an instrument for examining the urethra (tube that extends from the bladder allowing urine to be excreted from the body). Key Takeaways Instruments that measure, inspect, or view different objects often have the suffix -scope.The suffix -scope is derived from the Greek -skopion, meaning to observe.Common examples of -scope words include microscope, periscope, stethoscope, and telescope.Biology students can increase their knowledge and comprehension of complex biology topics by understanding biological suffixes like -scope.