auscultate

[ aw-skuh l-teyt ]
/ ˈɔ skəlˌteɪt /

verb (used with or without object), aus·cul·tat·ed, aus·cul·tat·ing. Medicine/Medical.

to examine by auscultation.

Origin of auscultate

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from auscultation
Related formsaus·cul·ta·tive [aw-skuh l-tey-tiv, aw-skuhl-tuh-] /ˈɔ skəlˌteɪ tɪv, ɔˈskʌl tə-/, aus·cul·ta·to·ry [aw-skuhl-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɔˈskʌl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveaus·cul·ta·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for auscultate

  • The thinker of to-day has a great duty—to auscultate civilization.

    Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
  • "I wish you to auscultate me," he said, addressing the doctor who entered the room.

    The Silver Lining|John Roussel
  • 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

auscultate

/ (ˈɔːskəlˌteɪt) /

verb

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

auscultate


v.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for auscultate

auscultate

[ ôskəl-tāt′ ]

v.

To examine by auscultation.
Related formsauscul•ta′tive adj.aus•culta•to′ry (ô-skŭltə-tôr′ē) adj.
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