[aw-skuh l-tey-shuh n]
- 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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Examples from the Web for auscultation
Auscultation and percussion show that the internal organs are normal.Pedagogical Anthropology
Auscultation of the oesophagus will determine the locality of the arrest.
This difference is less manifest to the eye than to the ear in auscultation.
Percussion, auscultation, and exploration are also available methods.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
"Auscultation will give us the clue," said he, and drew his stethoscope.Hard Cash
- 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
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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