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stethoscope definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a medical instrument for listening to the sounds generated inside the body

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French stéthoscope, from Greek st?thos chest + French -scope Date: 1820 a medical instrument for detecting sounds produced in the body that are conveyed to the ears of the listener through rubber tubing connected with a piece placed upon the area to be examined • stethoscopic adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an instrument used in listening to the action of the heart, lungs, etc., usu. consisting of a circular piece placed against the chest, with tubes leading to earpieces. Derivatives: stethoscopic adj. stethoscopically adv. stethoscopist n. stethoscopy n. Etymology: F stéthoscope f. Gk stethos breast: see -SCOPE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Stethoscope Steth"o*scope, n. [Gr. ? the breast + -scope: cf. F. st['e]thoscope.] (Med.) An instrument used in auscultation for examining the organs of the chest, as the heart and lungs, by conveying to the ear of the examiner the sounds produced in the thorax.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Stethoscope Steth"o*scope, v. t. To auscultate, or examine, with a stethoscope. --M. W. Savage.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(stethoscopes) A stethoscope is an instrument that a doctor uses to listen to your heart and breathing. It consists of a small disc that is placed on your body, connected to a hollow tube with two pieces that the doctor puts in his or her ears. N-COUNT



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