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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Biopsia transuretral

Transurethral biopsy (TRANZ-yoo-REE-thrul BY-op-see)
A procedure in which a sample of tissue is removed from the prostate for examination under a microscope. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through the urethra into the prostate, and a small piece of tissue is removed with a cutting loop.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.