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Glossary: fiberoptic, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

fiberoptic

(FY-ber-OP-tik)

Describes the use of a coated, thin, clear, glass or plastic fiber that can carry light and send information, including images. In medicine, flexible fiberoptic instruments are used to look inside the body. Fiberoptics are also used to deliver laser light to tumors injected with a type of drug that kills cancer cells when it is exposed to laser light.

2007-10-04