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[aw-skuh l-tey-shuh n] /ˌɔ skəlˈteɪ ʃən/
Medicine/Medical. the act of listening, either directly or through a stethoscope or other instrument, to sounds within the body as a method of diagnosis.
Origin of auscultation
1625-35; < Latin auscultātiōn- (stem of auscultātiō) a listening, attending to, equivalent to auscultāt(us) listened to (past participle of auscultāre; aus- (variant stem of auris ear) + -cultā- of uncertain sense and orig. + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
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auscultation, osculation. Unabridged
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the diagnostic technique in medicine of listening to the various internal sounds made by the body, usually with the aid of a stethoscope
the act of listening
Derived Forms
auscultatory (ɔːˈskʌltətərɪ), auscultative (ɔːˈskʌltətɪv; ˈɔːskəlˌteɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin auscultātiō a listening, from auscultāre to listen attentively; related to Latin auris ear
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Word Origin and History for auscultation

"act of listening," 1630s, from Latin auscultationem (nominative auscultatio), noun of action from past participle stem of auscultare (see auscultate). Medical sense is from 1821.

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auscultation in Medicine

auscultation aus·cul·ta·tion (ô'skəl-tā'shən)
The act of listening for sounds made by internal organs, such as the heart and lungs, to aid in the diagnosis of certain disorders.

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