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stethoscope

[steth-uh-skohp] /ˈstɛθ əˌskoʊp/
noun, Medicine/Medical
1.
an instrument used in auscultation to convey sounds in the chest or other parts of the body to the ear of the examiner.
Origin of stethoscope
1810-1820
1810-20; stetho- + -scope
Related forms
stethoscoped, adjective
stethoscopist
[ste-thos-kuh-pist] /stɛˈθɒs kə pɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun
stethoscopy
[ste-thos-kuh-pee, steth-uh-skoh-] /stɛˈθɒs kə pi, ˈstɛθ əˌskoʊ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
unstethoscoped, adjective
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Examples from the web for stethoscope
  • IF any one tool could be declared the symbol of the medical profession, it would surely be the stethoscope.
  • The doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to the lungs.
  • The look clearly isn't happening without a stethoscope.
  • The doctor may hear an abnormal sound called a bruit when placing a stethoscope over the neck arteries.
  • The health care provider will listen to the heart with a stethoscope.
  • Using a stethoscope to listen to the lungs can also be helpful.
  • The health care provider may hear a fast heartbeat while listening to your heart with a stethoscope.
  • Some doctors don't even carry a stethoscope anymore.
  • The health care provider will take your family history and listen to your heart, lungs, and abdomen with a stethoscope.
  • It was a pioneer in treatment of the mentally impaired and the use of such devices as the hypodermic needle and the stethoscope.
British Dictionary definitions for stethoscope

stethoscope

/ˈstɛθəˌskəʊp/
noun
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
Derived Forms
stethoscopic (ˌstɛθəˈskɒpɪk) adjective
stethoscopy (stɛˈθɒskəpɪ) noun
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Greek stēthos breast + -scope
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Word Origin and History for stethoscope
n.

1820, from French stéthoscope, coined 1819 by its inventor, French physician René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laënnec (1781-1826) from Greek stethos "chest, breast" + -scope. Greek stethos is perhaps related to sternon (see sternum); it meant "front of the chest," and was only rarely used of a woman's breasts, but in Modern Greek it became the preferred polite term.

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stethoscope in Medicine

stethoscope steth·o·scope (stěth'ə-skōp')
n.
Any of various instruments used for listening to sounds produced within the body.


steth'o·scop'ic (-skŏp'ĭk) or steth'o·scop'i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
steth'o·scop'i·cal·ly adv.
ste·thos'co·py (stě-thŏs'kə-pē) n.
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stethoscope in Culture
stethoscope [(steth-uh-skohp)]

An instrument used in listening to internal body sounds. Most familiarly, physicians and nurses use it to listen to heart sounds.

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