|1.||med an instrument for listening to the sounds made within the body, typically consisting of a hollow disc that transmits the sound through hollow tubes to earpieces|
|2.||Also called: obstetric stethoscope a narrow cylinder expanded at both ends to recieve and transmit fetal sounds|
|[C19: from French, from Greek stēthos breast + |
stethoscope steth·o·scope (stěth'ə-skōp')
Any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body.
An instrument used in listening to internal body sounds. Most familiarly, physicians and nurses use it to listen to heart sounds.