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[aw-skuh l-teyt] /ˈɔ skəlˌteɪt/
verb (used with or without object), auscultated, auscultating. Medicine/Medical.
to examine by auscultation.
Origin of auscultate
First recorded in 1860-65; back formation from auscultation
Related forms
[aw-skuh l-tey-tiv, aw-skuhl-tuh-] /ˈɔ skəlˌteɪ tɪv, ɔˈskʌl tə-/ (Show IPA),
[aw-skuhl-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɔˈskʌl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
auscultator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for auscultate
Historical Examples
  • "I wish you to auscultate me," he said, addressing the doctor who entered the room.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The thinker of to-day has a great duty—to auscultate civilization.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • Nevertheless, they gave advice, got on the moral hobby again, and had the assurance to auscultate.

    Bouvard and Pcuchet Gustave Flaubert
British Dictionary definitions for auscultate


to examine (a patient) by means of auscultation
Derived Forms
auscultator, noun
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Word Origin and History for auscultate

"to listen" (especially with a stethoscope), 1832, from Latin auscultatus, past participle of auscultare "to listen attentively to," from aus-, from auris "ear" (see ear (n.1)); "the rest is doubtful" [OED]. Tucker suggests the second element is akin to clinere "to lean, bend."

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auscultate in Medicine

auscultate aus·cul·tate (ô'skəl-tāt') or aus·cult (ô'skəlt)
v. aus·cul·tat·ed or aus·cul·ted, aus·cul·tat·ing or aus·cul·ting, aus·cul·tates or aus·cults
To examine by auscultation.

aus'cul·ta'tive adj.
aus·cul'ta·to'ry (ô-skŭl'tə-tôr'ē) adj.
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